September 26 is the anniversary of the death of LTTE Lt. Col. Thileepan in 1987 during his hungerstrike appealing for the Indian government of Premier Rajiv Gandhi to honour the security undertakings it gave to the Tamil people alongside its 1987 Accord with Sri Lanka.
Reasons for Thileepan’s fast His demands were:
- withdraw Sinhalese army camps from Tamil areas,
- suspend all rehabilitation work until the formation of an interim (Tamil) government for the Tamil homelands,
- stop the continuing Sinhala colonisation in the Tamil homeland,
- halt the setting up of Sinhala-manned police stations in Tamil areas and
- release all detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Twenty five years, these demands are still being made of Sri Lanka by the Tamil people, and the international community.
Tamil Nadu, India
In solidarity with Eelam Tamils, the youth of Tamil Nadu held a remembrance event of Lt. Col. Thileepan who was in charge of the LTTE’s political wing in Jaffna during the mid eighties on last week at Chennai. The event was marked with the lighting of candles as dusk fell.
In an effort to persuade the Indian government to honour its obligations (or perhaps to force Delhi to reveal its hand) Lt. Col. Thileepan began a fast-unto-death on 15 August 1987 in the grounds of the Nallur Kandaswamy temple. Notably, as well as refusing to eat, Thileepan wouldn’t drink water either.
“In the name of a peace keeping force, they [Indian Central Government] deployed an army, which killed thousands of tamils, raped many tamil women, bombed schools and hospitals, an activist told.
The remembrance event in Bilund city, started on Sunday with the raising of the flag, the national anthem and the traditional homage to the fallen.
Tamils in Sri Lanka held the remembrance of Lt Col Thileepan in North and East on the 26th September 2012. Due to the heavy Sri Lankan military presence Tamils silently observed the remembrance event.
More than 3,500 Tamil activists across Europe gathered in Geneva to assert their resolve to uphold the struggle for the independence of the nation of Eezham Tamils, where the Pongku Thamizh rally held Saturday in front of the United Nations Office in Geneva in Switzerland