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Tamils Mark Anniversary Of End Of Sri Lankan Civil War

Hundreds of Tamils turned up at Queen’s Park Tuesday, dressed in black to mark the one-year anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.

It was on this day last year the Sri Lankan government declared victory in the 25-year conflict, which killed as many as 100,000 people, according to the United Nations.

And, significantly, it ended the ethnic minority Tamils’ dream of creating an independent homeland in the region.

Leading up to the declaration of victory, huge numbers of Tamil protestors took to the streets to protest the violence in Sri Lanka, holding vigils and blocking major downtown routes, including University Avenue and the Gardiner Expressway.

This year, plans are more subdued, with daily gatherings in front of the US consulate every evening this month as well as prayer services in local temples and churches.