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Events to commemorate Tamil war dead meet with military intimidation

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17 May 2016

By Kithsiri Wijesinghe

Tamils attending events in north and east in memory of war dead have faced intimidation by the Sri Lankan military despite claims by the government that it does not obstruct any such commemoration.

A Genocide Remembrance Week was launched by Tamils in the war ravaged north and east while the government has announced a ‘war hero’s month’ to felicitate its armed forces.

State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene had declared that commemorating the dead is the right of every individual although the government will not sponsor such an event.

“We don’t have a problem with commemorating those killed and those who have disappeared during the conflict. That is the right of every individual. However, hoisting LTTE flags will not be permitted and the LTTE cannot be commemorated,” the minister told state run Sunday Observer….

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