by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Thousands gathered at Marina beach in Tamil Nadu capital Chennai on June 26th to observe candle light vigil for Sri Lankan Tamil war victims.
The commemorative event was held on Sunday as June 26th has been declared by the UN as “International day in support of victims of torture”.
The June 26th candle light vigil was not organized by any political party.It was held by the”May 17th Movement”which is a peoples movement.
The “May 17th Movement”was set up by youths in Tamil Nadu.The date May 17 denotes the Mullivaaikkaal debacle of the LTTE on that day in 2009.
Chief organizer of candle light vigil by “May 17th Movement” was Thirumurugan Gandhi. Co-organizers were Rajkumar Palanichamy & Umar Naina.
Although held by a civil society organization several political figures also participated. The broad gathering cut across party lines.
Among prominent attendees were P. Nedumaran, Kaasi Ananandan, Thamarai, Seeman, Viduthalai Rajendran, Chanthaanam, Professor Saraswathy & Thiyaagu.
Nedumaran delivered the introductory address. Thirumurugan ended the event with another speech.Others speeches were disallowed.Slogans were chanted frequently. Some slogan themes were -Genocide, Tamil Eelam, Betrayal of New Delhi govt,solidarity of Tamil Nadu Tamils etc.
The commemorative vigil was held for 3 hours from 5.45 pm to 8.45 pm. A folk music event based on traditional “Oppaari” (lamentation) was held.
A street drama”Vamsa vatham” (decimation of a generation)was also performed. The drama portrayed deaths of Tamils in Sri Lanka as “Genocide”.
Marina beach was a “sea of glowing candle cups” at nightfall. The glittering sight reflected sentiments in Tamil Nadu for the “Ilankai” Thamizhar
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