Five held in Sri Lanka for distributing LTTE posters

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 13:20 hrs

Colombo, Nov 27 (IANS) Five people were arrested in Sri Lanka's former war zone Tuesday for distributing pro−Tamil Tigers posters during what the rebels previously observed as "Heroes Day".

The five were arrested in the eastern town of Akkaraipattu, police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told Xinhua.

Reports said pro−Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) posters pasted near Trincomalee town were removed by security forces Monday.

"Heroes Day" was organised every year to commemorate LTTE fighters killed in the three−decade civil war, and which the LTTE traditionally used to launch attacks on government forces and civilians.

Since the Sri Lankan government crushed the LTTE in May 2009, the LTTE has disintegrated into factions in Europe, Canada and the US, prompting them to hold commemorations independently outside the island nation.

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