5 arrested in Sri Lanka on former Tamil Tiger "Heroes Day"

2012-11-27 12:56:09 GMT2012-11-27 20:56:09(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

COLOMBO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Five people were arrested in Sri Lanka's former war zone on Tuesday as police remained vigilant on what was previously the Tamil Tiger rebels famous "Heroes Day".

Five suspects were arrested for distributing pro-Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) posters in the Eastern town of Akkaraipattuwa, Police Spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said.

Local media also reported that pro-LTTE posters pasted near the Trincomalee town also in the Eastern Province were removed by security forces on Monday.

"Heroes Day" was an event organized every year to commemorate LTTE fighters killed in the war, and which the LTTE traditionally used to launch attacks on government forces and civilians.

LTTE leader V. Prabakaran also made a speech that received worldwide publicity.

Since the Sri Lankan government crushed the LTTE militarily in May 2009, the LTTE disintegrated into competing factions in Europe, Canada and the U.S., prompting them to hold commemorations independently outside of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan government continues to work on getting these organizations banned.

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