The LTTE will conduct its Heroes Day celebrations at the site of the former Elephant Pass Army camp on November 27, ten days after the group prevented hundreds of thousands of Tamils in the North and East from voting at the Presidential election.
The LTTE has erected a huge stage at the site of the former Army camp, which was once a stronghold of the Military in the North. The former Army camp has been cleared and cleaned up by the LTTE in preparation for its Heroes Day or `Marveerar Day` celebrations, and a giant LTTE flag has also been hoisted at the location. The setting has also been elaborately decorated with red and yellow LTTE flags and a monument to commemorate LTTE cadres killed in the April 2000 Elephant Pass attack has been constructed.
Further, the main A9 road has been lined on either side with red and yellow flags, the colours of the LTTE, from Elephant Pass to Kilinochchi. Elephant Pass is currently under LTTE control.
In his annual statement marking `Heroes Day`, LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is expected to outline his stance on the future of the peace process after the election of President Mahinda Rajapakse.
His speech will be telecast live by the LTTE media unit from Kilinochchi on the LTTE TV channel `National Television of Thamil Eelam` on November 27. The Marveerar Day celebrations in the Wanni will also be telecast from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 pm on the same day.
Last year in his Heroes Day speech Prabhakaran called the government to resume peace talks, without conditions, on the basis of the Interim Self-Governing Authority as proposed by the LTTE. He also warned the government that the LTTE would be compelled to launch the freedom struggle if peace talks were further delayed.
LTTE Heroes Days are celebrated for the three days ending November 27, which is the day the very first LTTE cadre was killed in action. Heroes Day celebrations first started in 1989 when it was held on a single day but since 1995, it has been held for 3 days ending on the 27th.