Over 4,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were killed and several hundreds were displaced in the riots that gripped the nation.
Over 4,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were killed and several hundreds were displaced in the riots that gripped the nation.(Photo: Shruti Mathur/The Quint)
  • 1. What Happened on 23 July 1983?
  • 2. The Funeral Trigger on 24 July
  • 3. An Uncontrolled Mob and a Bloody Massacre
  • 4. Allegations of "Assistance" from the Sri Lankan Government
  • 5. The Government’s Response to Black July
  • 6. The Aftermath
Black July: How A Bloody Massacre Set Off the Sri Lankan Civil War

The intervening night of 23 and 24 July 1983, when 13 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed, is said to have triggered the country’s civil war that lasted over 26 long bloody years, ending with the elimination of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The events that unfolded that night resulted in a week of massacres, which saw the deaths of over 4,000 Sri Lankan Tamils.

The month of July is generally observed as Black July by the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora around the globe, in remembrance of the pogrom that claimed the lives of their brothers and sisters on a small island nation.

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