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Flag Day to commemorate Welikada prison massacre victims
[TamilNet, Saturday, 10 July 2004, 11:02 GMT]
The Flag Day jointly organized by the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and Tamil People Forum (TPF) to commemorate the massacre of 53 Tamil political activists in Welikada jail twenty one years ago in July 1983 was inaugurated in Trincomalee town Saturday morning at the office of the TELO presided by a TELO enior activist Mr.Anpumani. Mr. Indrakumar
Prasanna, general secretary of the TELO inaugurated
the flag week in Batticaloa town.
|Prsanna selling the first flag in Batticaloa
TELO activist Mr.V. Vigneswaran handed over the first flag to Trincomalee
district parliamentarian Mr.K.Thurairatnasingham and the TELO Trincomalee
district organizer Mr.K.Ranga handed over the second flag to octogenarian
retired teacher Mr.P.Kandiah who is fondly called as Gandhi Master, sources
Trincomalee district head of the Thamileelam Resurgence Forum Mr.Kutty, All
Ceylon Tamil Congress Vice President Mr.Satha.Shanmuganathan and several
others participated in the event.
|TELO Trincomalee district organizer Mr.K.Ranga is seen pinning the flag on octogenarian retired teacher Gandhi Master
|Photgraph of Mr.Kuttimany is seen ( L) while Mr.Vigneswaran, Mr. Eelathumani, Mr.Kandiah, Mr.Thurairetnasingham ( TNA Trinco MP) and Mr.Satha Shanmuganathan of All Ceylon Tamil Congress are seen ( from L-R)
|Mr.Eelathumani and Mr.Nithi Master look on while Mr.Vigneswaran of TELO pins the first flag on TNA parliamentarian Mr.Thurairetnasingham
|Trincomalee district head of Thamileelam Resurgence Forum Mr.Kutty (L) and TEL activist Mr.Vigneswaran ( R) lighting the traditional oil lamp before inaugurating the Flag Day commemorating Welikada Massacre Victims
Twenty-one years ago the day after pogrom against Tamils broke out in
Colombo city on July 23, 1983 Sinhala prisoners with the support of prison
officials and government authorities massacred Tamil political activists
serving sentences in Welikada prison. Altogether 53 leading Tamil political
activists were killed. One of the leading Tamil activists Mr.Kuttimany was
killed after Sinhala prisoners gouged out his eyes.