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Resistance overpowers oppression in observing Heroes Day

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 27 November 2012, 04:13 GMT]
A new vigour and enthusiasm is noticed in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils this year in paying homage to the fallen heroes on the Heroes Day, despite full-scale efforts of intimidation by the occupying Sinhala military and its intelligence operatives, news sources in the island said. Contrary to the pretentions of genocidal Colombo that it is not obstructing the Kaarthikai festival of lights falling on the same day this time, the occupying SL military and its intelligence operatives were geared to top to engage in an open campaign of intimidation in the North and East, instructing temples and public not to light lamps, and not to toll bells. Public was told not to come out at all.

SL military went in person to major temples in Jaffna and Vanni and instructed the priests against lighting lamps, tolling bells and allowing people to gather at temple on Tuesday.

The same announcements were made on Monday by Sri Lanka Navy coming in loudspeaker-mounted vehicles to Moothoor, Champoor and Kooniththeevu in the Trincomalee district.

The temple priests in Trincomalee district were intimidated to relay the instructions of the SL Navy through temple loudspeakers. Priests who resisted were taken to the SL naval base and were beaten up. Complaints have been lodged in this regard.

SL military went in person to temples in Batticaloa to instruct not to observe the Kaarthikai festival of lights on Tuesday. The priests and temple managements were warned that there would be serious consequences for not obliging.

Fearing, temple managements made announcements in loudspeaker-mounted three wheelers that the Kaarthikai festival would not take place on Tuesday but would take place on Wednesday.

The genocidal SL military, allowed by the International Community of Establishments, has become so powerful like Choorapanman to the extent of even defying planets and constellations, temple circles commented.

In Batticaloa there is a prohibition order for any kind of public gathering, including school functions, from Sunday to Wednesday.

On Monday, the SL military arriving at the scene stopped the inauguration of a music function at Jayanthipuram in Batticaloa.

SL military commandos and police are deployed in large numbers everywhere in Batticaloa.

The SL military and intelligence units posted at Paduvaankarai, Kokkaddich-choalai and Ampalan-thuírai threaten people passing by to give them information on any programme that may take place on the Heroes Day. People respond with silence but they feel humiliated and intimidated.

More than two people should not be seen together on Monday and Tuesday, warned the SL military posted at Paduvaankarai.

SL military posted in the villages of the East has started entering into houses to investigate about inmates.

Meanwhile, in the North, the usual full moon day cultural event conducted by the SL colonial governor Maj. Gen. Chandrasri was cancelled. The function for this month was scheduled to take place at the Nelliyadi High School.

The oppression has made people to feel new vigour and enthusiasm about observing the Heroes Day, news sources in Jaffna said.

People were happy that the Kaarthikai festival has given them a new lease to express themselves.

Eezham Tamils as a nation have a long experience in facing this kind of oppression. When the Portuguese and the Dutch destroyed their temples and prohibited their religion, people were worshiping tridents placed under trees in every backyard. Thatís how we have numerous Vairavar temples in the country of Eezham Tamils, commented a social activist in Jaffna.

Observing the Heroes Day for the fourth year since the Muílílivaaykkaal genocide, people have become bolder now, news sources observed.

At Valveddith-thu'rai in Jaffna, observing Pirapaharan's birthday, sweets were distributed on Monday and a Tiger flag was hoisted on a 30-feet high tower at Theeruvil in Valveddith-thu'rai.

In the previous years there were only hand-written posters. But now there are posters printed in colour, widely seen both in the North as well as in the East.

The SL military and its intelligence operatives were engaged in removing them, but the posters re-appeared in no time.

Apart from the printed posters there were also a large number of hand-written posters evidencing genuine and spontaneous grassroot participation.

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