Today we remember the thousands of Tamil people who were killed in the tragic and senseless pogroms of 1983.
Black July was a week of deadly pogroms and riots in late July 1983, targeting the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Hundreds of Tamils were killed and thousands injured and wounded in a horrific series of attacks. Over a hundred thousand Tamils were left homeless.
It was a gruesome and horrific start to the violent conflict in Sri Lanka that raged for over a quarter of a century.
I join with all of those mourning their family, friends and neighbors lost during the conflict in Sri Lanka and during Black July.
On behalf of the Ontario Liberal Party, I extend my deepest sympathies to Tamil-Ontarians, and all of those who suffered, and join you in commemorating those lost in this terrible period.