Sri Lankan security forces hooliganize Thillepan memorial pillar
Sri Lankan security forces went on rampage destroying Thillepan memorial pillar in Jaffna. The Sri Lankan security forces dumped the ruins in Jaffna Municipal Council garbage.
Thillepan, a former LTTE Lt. Col., passed away after fast undo death towards the Indian governments to honor the aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka after 1987 Indo-Lanka agreement.
Lt. Col. Thileepan began his fasting on 15 September 1987 in front of the Nalloor Kandasuvami temple placing five demands to the Indian government but died as India failed to meet the demands, on September 26, 1987.
His [Thileepna] demands were:
withdraw Sinhalese army camps from Tamil areas,
suspend all rehabilitation work until the formation of an interim (Tamil) government for the Tamil homelands,
stop the continuing Sinhala colonisation in the Tamil homeland,
halt the setting up of Sinhala-manned police stations in Tamil areas and
release all detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Tamils honor the figures of Leaders of LTTE, and especially Thillepan due to his non-violence method to bring attention to Tamils aspirations in Sri Lanka.
Tamils in Jaffna and other places are enraged by the incident, however held their silence due to fear of reprisals from the Sri Lankan security forces if they speak their mind. Jaffna Tamils have remembered Thillepan memorial each year. In 2003,
Jaffna came to a standstill Friday as thousands gathered at the Nallur Temple grounds to observe the sixteenth death anniversary of Lt. Col. Thileepan, the LTTE leader who fasted unto death in 1987 when the Indian army was in occupation of Jaffna and most parts of the northeast. Shops, offices and workplaces were closed to mark the final day of the weeklong remembrance.
Government of Sri Lanka's moves towards further oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka can only help to further wide the differences of among Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, Tamils circles feared. They continued to say, the government of Sri lanka seems to encourage fear and humiliation towards Tamils using the Sri Lankan security forces, rather than taking steps to reconcile the differences or acknowledge Tamils's aspirations.