Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Monday said it would rebuild a memorial to Tamil nationals killed in the country’s civil war, which was demolished over the weekend.
The destruction of a monument at Jaffna University – a photograph of the munitions dealing with weapons – threatened protests and strikes in areas with a Tamil majority.
Earlier, the government condemned the structure as a memorial to “terrorists”, saying it praised the Tamil Tiger guerrillas, who were crushed in 2009 at the end of a 37-year war.
The memorial was erected by university students to mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the war, and to commemorate the thousands of civilians killed in the final stages. Opposition lawmaker Dharmalingam Sethdhan told AFP that the university administration had ordered its abolition.