Sri Lanka marks 13 years of Mullivaikal massacre amid mass anti-Rajapakse protests

Today, on May 18, millions of people worldwide are commemorating the 13th anniversary of the massacre at Mullivaikal that ended Sri Lanka’s horrific, 26-year communal civil war.

On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan army finally surrounded 400,000 Tamil civilians and surviving Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters in a 6km radius around Mullivaikal. The Sri Lankan government had initially declared the area a “no fire zone” and told civilians to go there to be safe. However, the army then launched a mass artillery barrage on the men, women and children trapped at Mullivaikal.

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