July massacre remembered in Australia


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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