TNA MPs mark Tamil Genocide Day at Sri Lanka’s parliament

A group of lawmakers from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) marked Tamil Genocide Day at the Sri Lankan parliament complex in Kotte this morning, before a parliamentary session was due to take place.

The parliamentarians dressed in black and lit candles by a red and yellow flag, before holding a moment of silence to commemorate the tens of thousands of Tamil civilians killed at the hands of the Sri Lankan state 12 years ago.

The remembrance ceremony comes as the Sri Lankan army announced a lockdown in the Mullaitivu district, where commemorative events were set to take place.

Dozens of smaller scale private events have taken place instead across the Tamil homeland.