University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers

[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 July 2020, 23:06 GMT]
Reacting to SL military harassment against paying tribute to Tamil war hero Captain Miller and other Black Tigers at Nelliyadi in Vadamaraadchi, Jaffna, Tamil students at the University of Jaffna lit the flame of sacrifice within the university premises at 7:05 pm at the time of the death of Miller on Sunday. The students released the photos to journalists in Jaffna. The reaction came as the occupying SL military and police in Jaffna blocked Tamil political parties and their representatives from paying tribute to the Tamil heroes on Black Tigers Day. Former TNA Parliamentarian M.K. Shivajilingam also braved to mark the day at a public event in Vadamaraadchi on Sunday.

SL Army and Police blocked public access to Nelliyadi school Sunday evening. Tamil political parties, Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF) led by former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian (MP) Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Tamil National Party led by former TNA MP and provincial councillor M.K. Shivajilingam and the Ki'linochchi office of the ITAK, represented by TNA MP Sivagnanam Shritharan.

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SL military and police deployed around Tamil National Peoples’ Front at Kokkuvil, Jaffna

TNPF's head office at Kokkuvil, as well as the other offices in Jaffna at Vaddukkoaddai and in Nalloor, were under surveillance and SL military and police were deployed in large number, according to TNPF politician Kanagaratnam Sugash.

Mr Shivajilingam was detained by the SL Police earlier in the day allegedly for inquiries for marking LTTE Leader Piraparaharan’s birthday in the past. The intervention by the SL police was timed to block his mobilisation on Black Tigers’ Day.

However, Mr Shivajlingam got his opportunity to mark the day at Kugnchar-kadai in Nelliyadi in an election meeting. He asked the participants of the election meeting to pay the tributes by observing a minute’s silence. All the participants heeded his request.

More than 350 Black Tigers had sacrificed their lives from July 1987 to July 2008.

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Remembrance of Black Tigers marked at University of Jaffna

More than ninety-nine per cent of the Black Tiger attacks were military targets. Seventy-five per cent of Black Tiger operations took place at sea. Forty-one per cent of Black Tigers were women commandos, according to the figures released during the last Black Tigers Day marked by Pirapaharan’s LTTE.

Many more Black Tiger fighters sacrificed their lives in 2008 and 2009 in the defensive operations during the genocidal onslaught against the nation of Eezham Tamils. The LTTE didn't manage to release the composed details of the Black Tiger sacrifices before the movement and the de-facto administration were subjected to genocidal annihilation in May 2009.

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M.K Shivajilingam was subjected to interrogated for long time

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