SLA obliterates Tiger Heroes' Cemeteries, erects military bases

[TamilNet, Saturday, 03 July 2010, 18:23 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) which has been systematically razing to the ground without any traces the Thamizh Eezham Heroes War Cemeteries (Thamizh Eezha Maaveerar Thuyilum Illam) in several places of North and East, has in recent weeks obliterated the Thuyilum Illam at Kodikaaman in Thenmaraadchi, Jaffna, and is erecting a big SLA base in its place. Ellangku値am Heroes Cemetery in Udupiddi in Vadamaraadchi had been already destroyed without any trace and the premises converted into an SLA base. The obliterated Thuyilum Illam is now enclosed by barbed wire fence and hidden by coconut cadjans where a large number of SLA soldiers are hurriedly constructing a base. Tamil circles view the systematic destruction of Tamil war heroes' cemeteries and the symbols of the Tamil struggle in north and East as part of a large-scale genocide programme on Tamils by the Sri Lankan state.

All the Heroes Cemeteries maintained by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Vanni had been completely razed to the ground and all the graves, memorial plaques and the dais where the Common Flame is lit on Heroes Day have been totally destroyed.

Tamil War Heroes Cemetery in Visuvamadu in Vanni
A photo taken by a visitor to Vanni, who passed through Visuvamadu Heroes Cemetery, shows the current state of the largest cemetery that has been bulldozed by the SLA.

Visuvamadu MTI
People gathered to pay tribute on 27 November 2007 at Visuvamadu
Visuvamadu MTI
A section of Visuvamadu Heroes' Cemetery, photographed on 27 November 2007
Muzhangkaavil MTI
Maaveerar Thuyilum Illam at Muzhangkaavil, photographed on 27 November 2007
Aadkaaddive'li MTI
Heroes' Cemetery at Aadkaaddive'li in Mannaar, photographed on 27 November 2007
The SLA is very particular in erecting its bases on the grounds where Tamil Hereos cemeteries had stood so that nothing remains to remind the fighters who had sacrificed their lives for the cause.

LTTE war heroes' memorials in Jaffna peninsula at Koappaay were bulldozed by the Sri Lanka Army in 1995. The other cemeteries destroyed in Jaffna were: Chaaddi in Veala'nai (1995), Kodikaamam in Thenmaraadchi (1996) and Ellangku'lam in Vadamaraadchi (1996). These war cemeteries were re-built following the February 2002 Ceasefire Agreement.

The war heroes cemeteries located at Kagnchikudichcha'ru in Ampaa'rai district, Thaa'ndiyadi, Tharavai, Ka'ndaladi and Maavadi Munmaari in Batticaloa district and Aalangku'lam, Iththikku'lam, Verukal, Uppaa'ru and Paalampoaddaa'ru Trincomalee district were destroyed after the SLA occupied LTTE held areas in the East in 2006 and 2007.

In Vanni, there were at least ten War Heroes Cemeteries. The cemeteries were located in Aa'ndaangku値am, Aadkaaddive'li and Pa地divirichchaan in Mannaar, Kanakapuram and Muzhangkaavil in Ki値inochchi district, Uduththu池ai in Vadamaraadchi East of Jaffna district, Eachchangku値am in Vavuniyaa and four at Vanni-vizhaangku値am, Visuvamadu, A値ampil, and Mu値値iyava値ai of Mullaiththeevu district.

During the last battles of Eezham War IV, when genocidal attacks were launched from all fronts by the Sri Lankan military, the Tiger fighters killed in the war were buried at Ira地aippaalai and at Iraddaivaaykkaal in Mullaiththeevu.

The Sri Lanka Army bulldozed the Heroes Cemetery at Visuvamadu between March and April 2009. The SLA captured Tamil civilians of Vanni, who were made to pass through Visuvamadu on 21st of April 2009, before reaching internment camps in Vavuniyaa, had witnessed the complete destruction of the largest Maaveerar Thuyilum illam in Visuvamadu, where more than 4,000 war dead Tamil fighters had been buried by the Tigers.

Tamil War Heroes Cemetery in Visuvamadu in Vanni
Bulldozed grounds of LTTE War Hereoes Cemetery in Visuvamadu, destroyed by the SLA.



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