Tamils across the homeland gathered at the Mullivaikkal memorial today 10 years since the end of the armed conflict to remember the killing of tens of thousands by Sri Lankan armed forces.
Marking the day as Tamil Genocide Day, families of victims, locals and Tamils from across the North-East lit torches, lay flowers and planted coconut trees in memory of those killed.
Thousands were believed to have been killed in Mullivaikkal during the final battle between the military and the LTTE in 2009.
The remembrance, just days after Easter Sunday bombings, was palpably tense compared to last years, taking place amid a heightened security presence, with a large number of police officers and military check points registering people entering and leaving the site.
A new check point and increased security were also established at the key gateway from Jaffna district to the Vanni, Elephant Pass. All vehicles travelling through were stopped and passengers searched.