Diaspora Tamil students mark Sivakumaran Day

[TamilNet, Monday, 09 June 2008, 12:03 GMT]
The Tamil Students' Uprising in Sri Lanka, originating in the late 1920s and early 30s against the Donoughmore Constitution, remained a peaceful struggle even in 1970 when the Tamil Students League entered into the scene. But, the 1972 Constitution inevitably compelled the Tamil youth to get into armed struggle and Sivakumaran was the pioneer marking this transition and setting its basic attributes such as sacrificing one's life by consuming cyanide, said Ki. Pi. Aravinthan, a close associate of Sivakumaran, while addressing an event held for the memory of Sivakumaran at Rohr in the district of Aarau in Switzerland on Saturday.

34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
K. P. Aravinthan, a close associate of Pon. Sivakumaran addressing the audience at the 34th remembrance event held in Switzerland


Sivakumaran was inspired by the caste struggles of mid 1960s to conceive armed struggle. Those were also the days (1968), when, epicentred in France, the global youth revolted against Capitalism, Imperialism and the American involvement in Vietnam, Mr. Aravinthan further said.

Tamil Youth Organisation remembered Sivakumaran, the pioneer of Tamil armed movement, marking the day of his demise on 05 June, 1974, as Tamil Students' Day of Uprising, in several countries worldwide.

34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South), addressing the gathering at the Tamil Students Uprising Day, held in London on 07 June, 2008.
34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Lee Scott MP (Ilford North), one of five Conservative members of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, addressing the gathering at the Tamil Students Uprising Day, held in London on 07 June, 2008.
The Day was remembered in grand scale, marked by cultural programs and students competitions in London, in which two local Members of Parliament, Lee Scott (MP for Ilford North) and Mike Gapes (MP for Ilford South), were guests to the 34th remembrance day of Pon. Sivakumaran.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa district parliamentarian, S. Jeyanandamoorthy, was a special guest for the event held at Selva Vinayagar temple in East London by Tamil Youth Organisation North East London (TYO – NE). Chief guest for the event was Pulavar Sivanathan.

According to a press release issued by the TYO - NE, Mr. Lee Scott pledged that he would continue to work for peace and harmony in Sri Lanka, so that people could live in dignity. He then went on to say the atrocities that take place in Sri Lanka cannot continue. Mike Gapes had suggested that Tamils should speak out against injustice and the appalling human right abuses that take place in Sri Lanka, and concluded that members of the Tamil community should represent in the main stream political activities in the United Kingdom.

Football matches were held in Toronto in Canada and in Swtizerland. In Norway, a short film was released in the event held in Oslo. Two dramas were also staged at the memorial event conducted by the Tamil Youth Organisation, in which artist Puhalenthi from Tamil Nadu participated as the chief guest.

34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Sivakumarans 34th Remembrance Day in Switzerland
34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Sivakumarans 34th Remembrance Day in Switzerland


34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Sivakumarans 34th Remembrance Day in Switzerland
34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Jeyanandamoorthy MP, who was invited as a special guest, presented certificates to the winners of the quiz competition at the Remembrance Day, held in London, on 07 June, 2008
34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Sivakumarans 34th Remembrance Day in London, held on 07 June, 2008
34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Sivakumarans 34th Remembrance Day in London, held on 07 June, 2008
34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Sivakumarans 34th Remembrance Day in London, held on 07 June, 2008
34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Sivakumarans 34th Remembrance Day in Switzerland
34th remembrance event for Sivakumaran
Sivakumarans 34th Remembrance Day in Switzerland

 

Latest 15 Reports
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
20.06.20 23:53   Photo
Tamil man killed, Sinhala Army opens fire at motorbike rider at Mukamaalai in North
19.06.20 23:30  
Dr Amir Ali: SL Archaeology aims to obliterate Tamil traces, shrink territory of Muslims in East
18.06.20 21:02  
Colombo steps up surveillance harassment on organisations operating in East
17.06.20 22:12  
SL military cordons off Jaffna islet with war-time like harassment, families fear reprisals
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25949