Supporting the LTTE is still acceptable in Canada, just not as popular. Photo via TYO-Canada
According to DBS Jeyaraj, the latest LTTE meet-up had less than 3,000 attendees, down from 35k in 2004 (and more in protests at the end of war). The is partly due to the declining popularity of violent, distant separatism, and also divisions within the LTTE. Rather oddly, one of the splits seems to be that the Vinayagam doesn’t want to hold a Pongu Thamil until Prabhakaran returns. Presumably with Jimmy Hoffa and the 12th Imam.
Less than 3000 people attended “pongu Thamizh”(Tamil Upsurge)event staged by Nediyavan led faction of pro-LTTE elements in Toronto on Oct 29
While the crowd was large by Canadian standards it was a massive drop in numbers compared to earlier LTTE events conducted at the same venue
A “Pongu Thamizh” event at the same venue QueensPark in 2004 had crowds of 35,000 participating.Other pro-LTTE meetings also drew big crowds
Public rallies described as “Ponguthamizh” (Tamil upsurge) are widely acknowledged as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) sponsored events
The Twittercle is also interesting in that it documents the ongoing infighting within the LTTE, internationally.
Both the NCCT& “democratic” faction of the TGTE are under the overall leadership of Perinpanayagam Sivaparan alias “Nediyavan” based in Norway
The Nediyavan led pro-LTTE elements adopted a low profile & called upon Tamils in Canada to attend on behalf of the “Tamil community & youths”
Attempts by “Nediyavan” loyalists to conduct a “pongu Thamizh” event were strongly opposed by pro-tiger elements from another LTTE faction
This faction is loyal to senior LTTE intelligence leader Sekarapillai Vinayagamoorthy alias”Vinayagam” who now operates from France & Germany
Canadian Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis. Photo via TYO-Canada
And how they’re quite disconnected from the politics and politicians on the ground in SL:
The TNA declined to participate in a “LTTE inspired meeting” & delayed their arrival time in Toronto to 29th midnight to neatly “miss” the event
Despite pressure by LTTE elements the TNA refrained from participating at “Ponguthamizh”. Without the TNA “attraction” attendance fizzled out
Crowds at pro-tiger events in Canada have been dropping in numbers since the LTTE military debacle of May 2009
I should also note that DBS’s style is quite interesting. He’s an old school journalist who’s met everybody important and had a few attempts on his life, including having his legs broken by the LTTE. He’s also taken to Twitter like a fish. I think it’s quite cool how he releases a story as tweets and then puts it all together as a blog.