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The demolition of the Memorial at the Jaffna University can only be seen as an attempt to erase the genocide by the Sinhala racist demon and its ugly face, according to the Political Affairs Ministry of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam.

Memorial of Tamils at JaffnaThe Ministry has asserted that, even though the Memorial has been demolished, a day would come when the great misery of the genocide committed by Sinhala having embedded itself in the soul of the Tamil Nation would perpetuate forever in the collective memories of the Tamil People as an unhealed wound and rise like a great fiery flame to burn down the Sinhala racist demon.

The statement of the TGTE ministry adds that the Memorial erected at the Jaffna University as a symbol of the Genocide committed by Sinhala has been demolished as per the orders of the Government of Sri Lanka and this demolition has caused great fury and deep pain among the Tamil people all over the world. The Tamil people feel it to be another ugly face of the occupation of, the Tamil Nation by the Sinhala racist demon.

Genocide of the Tamil people in the island of Lanka is a state policy of the Government of Sri Lanka and as such the symbols that remind us of the Tamil genocide exhibit the ugly face of coldblooded Sinhala racism. Such memorials also remind the Tamil people, in their collective memories, of the Sinhala occupation. The demolition of the Memorial at the Jaffna University can only be seen as part of a gradual attempt to erase, from the collective memories of the Tamil people, the genocide committed by the Sinhala racist demon and its ugly face.

The ban orders against the observance of the Anniversary of Lt. Thileepan’s martyrdom, and the ban orders against the observance of the National Great Heroes Day…all these would go to betray the fear of the Government of Sri Lanka that the genocide committed by Sinhala would pervade the collective memories of the Tamil people generation after generation and put them in the dock. These ban orders also showed that there was no political space in the island of Lanka for the Tamil people to express their feelings.

The present demolition of the Memorial has further shown that there is no political space to cherish the memories of not only those who laid down their lives fighting for the political rights of the Tamil people, but of the people who lost their lives to genocide

At the same time, the Government of Sri Lanka and the University administration seek to explain the demolition of the Memorial merely as an action within law. The University administration cannot be unaware of the intention of the Government of Sri Lanka. Had the Vice-Chancellor of the Jaffna University firmly refused to demolish the Memorial Structure which embodied the feelings of the Tamil people and resigned as Vice-Chancellor, he would have attained a high place in the minds of the Tamil people and the fighting spirit of the Tamil people would have attracted global attention.

It is our earnest view that, as the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council approaches, it would not merely be a waste of time to continue talking about transitional justice, but would also lead to the perpetuation of structural genocide at the cost of justice. Nothing short of arraigning the genocidal state of Sri Lanka before the International Criminal Court or an equivalent international mechanism of justice would secure Remedial Justice for Tamils.

Even though the Tamil Genocide Memorial Structure has been demolished, the great misery of the genocide committed by Sinhala having embedded itself in the soul of the Tamil Nation would perpetuate forever in the collective memories of the Tamil People as an unhealed wound. The fiery flame rising from those memories will one day burn down the Sinhala racist demon, concludes the statement of the Ministry of Political Affairs in the TGTE.

- Thiagu

(This article was published in Fortnightly Magazine 'Abel', January 20, 2021)


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