Chennai: Slamming the building of a victory memorial in northern Sri Lanka as an "uncivilised act" by the island government to "deliberately hurt" sentiments of Tamils, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday said such memorials would not help the peace efforts claimed to have been made by Colombo.
"The memorial and war museum are an uncivilised act of the Sri Lankan Government. These are not helpful to the peace efforts said to have been undertaken by the island government," Mr Karunanidhi said in a statement.
Referring to reports about the memorial and a war museum near the place where the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) was fought in 2009, the DMK chief said it was painful to know that everyday hundreds of Sri Lankans visited the memorial, which had been "erected by the Rajapakasa Government with the deliberate intent to suppress Tamils."
"The government has erected the memorial at the place, where LTTE fought for 30 years and where innocent Tamils were killed," he said, wondering whether such actions were aimed at uniting and ensuring the rehabilitation of the ethnic people.