Canada’s opposition leader commemorates Black July

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Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition, had commemorated the anti-Tamil pogrom that occured in Sri Lanka in 1983.

In a statement, he says, “In July 1983, anti-Tamil pogroms in Sri Lanka killed thousands in an attempt of ethnic cleansing. Over half a million Tamils fled the island and many came to Canada as refugees.”

“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to ask for an independent international investigation into allegations of genocide. We stand with Tamil community members in commemorating the tragic events of Black July,” he further said.

Earlier, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,“In July 1983, longstanding tensions and unrest culminated in anti-Tamil pogroms in Colombo and across Sri Lanka, plunging the country into a 26-year-long armed conflict. The conflict killed tens of thousands of people, forced many into exile, and left lasting wounds in communities across the country,” said in an official statement.

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