The Tamils in Melbourne, Australia held an event to commemorate the Black July massacre on Saturday.

Tamils from across Australia gathered to pay their respect by laying flowers at a memorial.

Member of the Australia House of Representatives and human rights activists gave speeches remembering the victims of the massacre.

Members of the Tamil students – Australia held a stage show, detailing the genocide of Tamils by Sri Lanka.

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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