1983 Riots - more than 3000 Tamil civilians killed

Place: Sri Lanka | Courtesy: Collection
| Date: 19830725

July 23 - 29, 1983 was a worse period for Thamizh in Srilanka! It was fourteen years ago that the Thamizh struggle was propelled to International headlines following riots in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. The riots lasted for several days and left over 3,000 Thamizhs dead and millions of dollars worth of their property destroyed.

The week of July 23rd, 1983, saw some of the worst violence and blood shed ever on the ``island of paradise''. Rather than resist the rioting, the Sri Lankan police, as well as the Buddhist clergy, actively took part in many of the murders. The government refused to condemn the riots and did not even release a statement until after four days of mayhem. The city of Colombo was literally being burnt to the ground, and no one gave a damn. The government had even provided electorial sheets to the rioters, to enable a systematic assault against all Thamizh houses in the city. That week was a time of darkness for justice and humanity. But from the flames of those burning houses, and from the tears of the Thamizh people rose a hope, a hope for freedom. That hope was the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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