Commemoration Day: New Checkpoints to Limit Gatherings
Sri Lanka and Human Rights Researcher,
Global Human Rights Defence.
In the days leading up to Maaveerar Naal, or Great Heros Days, checkpoint security intensifies in the Northern-Eastern region of Sri Lanka (TamilGuardian, 2021). Maaveerar Naal is a day in which the Tamils commemorate the ones that lost their lives fighting on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE) side during the civil war. This day is a reminder of the suffering of the Tamils during their attempt to create an independent sovereign-state called Eelam Tamil. Their mission failed, and Tamil Eelam remains under Sri Lankan rule to this day.
11 years after the end of the civil war, Maaveerar Naal remains an important day and is celebrated every November 27th. The two new checkpoints are set up by the Sri Lankan military and are aimed at limiting gatherings of Tamil activists on the 27th.
Sources and further reading:
New checkpoints set up in the run up to Maaveerar Naal, Tamil Guardian, Nov 20 2021, https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/new-checkpoints-set-run-maaveerar-naal