2nd Lead (Adds corrections)
Memorial for VVT massacre opened
[TamilNet, Monday, 02 August 2004, 19:15 GMT]
"Our leadership and our people have demonstrated that it will not be possible by any power to suppress our freedom struggle", said
Mr C.Ilamparithi, Jaffna district Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
political head speaking at the Valvettithurai massacre memorial meeting held Monday evening.
Ms Mathivathany, Commander of the Sea Tigers Women wing Monday afternoon
declared open the memorial erected at Theeruvil grounds in Valvettithurai
in Jaffna district for 63 Tamil civilians who were massacred by
the Indian Peace keeping Force (IPKF) fifteen years ago, on 2nd August 1989,
sources in Jaffna said.
Ms Mathivathany was the chief guest at the event presided by
Mr.M.Thangavel, President of the Valvettithurai Sports Club.
Mr.Ilampairithi, Jaffna district LTTE political head hoisted the
Thamileelam flag. Mr.Thaya, Vadamarachchi divisional political head lit the
common flame of sacrifice. Ms. Poorani, Sea Tigers political head lit the
flame of sacrifice for the dead in the VVT massacre, sources said
Our people have demonstrated to the international community that no
occupied army could make them slaves, Mr.Ilamparithi added.
Mr.K.Karunantharajah, seventy year-old survivor of the VVT massacre
recalled the day when 63 innocent Tamil civilians were gunned by the Indian
"Some of us think even today that India would help us to find a just and
fair political solution as they believe that India, would not go against our aspirations. But India is currently assisting the Sri Lankan
government by strengthening their security with weapons and military
training," Mr.Karunanantharajah charged.
A football tournament was held to mark the fifteenth commemoration of VVT
massacre in which Uthayasooriyan FB club defeated Ilankathir team by 3-0.