Marking the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils at the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka in May 2009, Tamils across Sri Lanka came together on 18 May, the day they regard as Tamil Genocide Day.
A day before the commemoration, an event in Mullaithivu was blocked by a magistrates court order. The Mullaitivu court has denied the appeal to overturn the decision of the court.
Students and staff marked the day at Jaffna University in the city of Jaffna, while Tamils in Mannar lit candles and laid flowers in memory of the thousands killed. In Sampur, a ceremony was held by members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who on that day eight years ago, saw their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, killed by Sri Lankan military troops.
The city of Mullivaikkal, the location of the final battle between the troops and the LTTE, also saw vigils commemorating the killings. In attendance was Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran from the country’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, who called for a three-minute silence to remember those who died during the civil war, and also called on diaspora Tamils to observe the commemoration.
The Tamil Peoples' Council, the Tamil National Peoples' Front and Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians also gathered in Mullivaikkal.
The conflict that raged the country for more than two decades was started in 1983. The UN figures put the number of people died during the last eight years of the civil war at 40,000 but the social workers put the number close to 1,50,000. Still date Sri Lankan government has not allowed the UN to have a close look into the size of rage the civil war had incurred on the Tamil community and a probe into the death of the civilians during the civil war.