Thursday, November 24, 2005

Jaffna University unveils Heroes’ Memorial

Professor. C. Mohanadas, Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna unveiled a Heroes’ Memorial at the main Jaffna Campus.

"Continued growth and development of Jaffna University is closely tied to the Tamil national struggle. Involvement of student community in our long struggle for freedom has significantly contributed to the strength and success achieved towards our goal. I wholeheartedly endorse the activities of the student group in raising Tamil consciousness among the public and creating awareness of the critical need for community's activism in demanding our rights to self-determination." said the Vice Chancellor in his opening speech.

He also made reference to the desecration of the memorials of more than 900 war heroes in the hallowed grounds of Kopay Martyrs Cemetary in 1996 by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA).

The SLA had imposed a ban on civilians visiting any of the Martyrs cemeteries in Jaffna after the invasion of the peninsula in 1995.

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