Northern Provincial Governor Reginald Cooray said that the Events to mark the remembrance of victims of the final war not illegal. He made these remarks during a news briefing held on Friday (May 13) in Colombo.
He stated that he had learnt the events to mark the death of the people who lost their lives and not to remember the LTTE, adding that remembering the death of civilians was not an illegal matter.
He assured that there was no sign of re-emergence of the LTTE in the North.
The State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said, that the police have been ordered to crackdown on any events held in support of the LTTE. He said that the Government has no issue with events being held in support of the civilians killed during the war, but, will not allow events to be held in support of the LTTE. “We will not allow the LTTE flag to be raised or any event to be held in support of the LTTE leader or LTTE cadres,” he said. The State Minister noted that the LTTE is a banned organisation in the country and so if anyone violates the law by holding events in support of the LTTE, legal action will be taken against them.
Meanwhile, arrangements have been made to hold the remembrance to mark the death of the people in Mullivaikal on May 18 by the Tamils who live in the North and East as well as abroad, some North based politicians have organised events to commemorate the victims of the final stages of the war.