23rd Remembrance


The commemoration of Thileepan, a senior member of the Liberation Tigers who fasted unto death on 26 September 1987.

Thileepan (Rasaiah Parthipan) who was the LTTE’s political wing leader for the Jaffna district went on fast making the following demands from the Indian government. (The Indian army was in de facto control of the peninsula at the time)

1.All Tamils detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act should be released. 2. The colonisation Sinhalese in Tamil areas under the guise of rehabilitation should be stopped.

3. All such rehabilitation should be stopped until an interim government is formed.

4. The Sri Lankan government should stop opening new Police stations and camps in the Northeastern province.

5. The Sri Lankan army and Police should withdraw from schools in Tamil villages and the weapons given by the Sri Lankan government to ‘homeguards’ should be withdrawn under the supervision of the Indian army.

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