The Tamil community in the UK commemorated Black July on Sunday.

The event was held in the UK, with the local community turning up in numbers to pay their respects in London.

The British Tamil forum organised an event and protest to remember the 22nd Black July in front of the British prime minister’s house in Dawning Street.

Tamils from different parts of the UK gathered and protest against the Sri Lankan genocide.

In July 1983, communal violence erupted in Sri Lanka and between 3000 Tamils were killed. Black July was a highly organized mob violence that had political backing. Following the conflict, more than 18,000 houses and numerous commercial establishments were destroyed. The property damage was estimated over $300 million US Dollars. More than 150,000 Tamils fled the island-seeking asylum in India, Canada, UK and Australia.

 

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