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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

Memoirs of a Counter-Rebel Spy in London - PART IX: "Start Filming Again!"

By Glen Jenvey - Exclusive to "Asian Tribune"
Edited By - Joseph Thavaraja

I had been keeping away from the rebels for some time as I still had high hopes for some kind of peace talks to take place.

But another -and the last rebel demonstration I attended - was coming up. I received a call from my last SIS boss in London asking if I could film it.

The demo was to start in Hyde Park on the following Saturday.. I took the long train to London from my "sleepy Berkshire village.."

I did not have any video equipment of my own– However, my boss promptly paid for a video camera on rental from a local camera shop in the town I lived... With plenty of film for the camera and spare batteries I looked like a BBC cameraman from the Bush House!

I got to Hyde Park early so I could video the members as they turned up…I even filmed the buses that started to turn up and drop them all off;

Weather was cold –a bitter freeze …

The London cops wanted me to film all the speakers and to find their names --I also had instructions to get into a high-rise and film whatever happened below...

I decided that the best way was to take it is to do it on foot --from the other side of the road. By doing this, I could keep up with the marchers.

Unexpectedly, the crowd began growing in numbers ---From nowhere, demonstrators began to turn up and their numbers now grew up to 2000+ ! And now the crowd was getting organized…

After filming them at the speakers' corner, I quickly moved down the road to another corner where a cop was busy monitoring the demo and also trying to handle the traffic flow. I 'parked' myself close to him. From this spot, I got the angle just right -I immediately zoomed for close range shots of the gallery of demonstrators as they turned the corner. Thereafter, I grabbed the crowd members with a side shot.

The crowd attendance was gradually increasing….2100…then 2500+….
Now I needed to get ahead of the marchers… to the front of the marching crowd and video them directly.

I found the massive number of people were blocking me from 'jumping' front—I quickly got on to the close-by Hyde Park Corner tube station, caught the tube to Charing Cross, and exited from Bakerloo line's Trafalgar Square Station where the demo was now headed to…

I exited the tube station---- Was the cold just 20 degrees—or a minus 20?

Shivering from the bitter cold, I walked across to the parked van with rebel speakers….. And I recognized the rebel office lads and other faces I knew (they were the stewards in bright yellow jacket, distributing leaflets)..

As I shivered from the cold, I thought: "If only I could grab a warm cup of coffee…"

For some unknown reason, people called London a 'café society', but there was nothing at Trafalgar Square -except the pigeons of the square, who, to my dismay, had more to eat than the visitors ….

However, from a corner, there was a coffee stand of some sort--- (Was it Orsini Café or the Chandos Sandwich Bar?)

As I hit the stall serving steaming coffee, to my utter dismay, I realized that I had spent the last of my pennies and the loose change for the tube journey..!!

I had no choice---"Go back, and start filming again!"

Now I began videoing in earnest –Now the rebels started filing into Trafalgar Square for their rally ---The crowd stood at 3000+…

Speaker after speaker was condemning the Sri Lankan government - the cops just stood there allowing the speakers to insult Sri Lanka and India.

I was now 'frozen' and the camera started shaking from the cold – I had to film each speaker.

When the demo ended, I started back towards the SL High Commission in Hyde Park Gardens, making sure that I was not trailed… Since it was a 'demo day' there were large numbers of police in riot vans parked outside… They seemed to know when I approached with a big silver box (with my video camera) that I was an invited guest.

My boss began viewing the film of the demo ---I was not sure who he was looking for ---Was it at faces of someone wanted for murder now living in the UK with refugee status?

My boss liked my work and paid my train fare.. Funds were hard to 'get hold of' in London for spy work.. According to my bosses, the money was needed for the 'poor people in Sri Lanka' and the 'war effort'.

In all assignments, I received my train fare, but on this occasion I was to be given a surprise-My boss could see that I was frozen and took me to a local pub for something warm to eat …and drink. This was to be my last mission with the London LTTE offices -and I will always remember it …

The first and the last missions are the one's you never forget.

(To be continued)

- Asian Tribune –

Part I: Memoirs of an anti-LTTE undercover agent in London

Part II: Delicious Curry served with a Stark Warning!

Part III: "Is there a D-Notice on us?"

Part IV: Oh what a Friday it was….

Part V: The South African Roulette and 'Shots of Arrack'

Part VI: al-Qaeda flies high in London

Part VII: The British Arms Deals

Part VIII: Let's call those 'Good Ole' British Chaps' back to Ceylon!

Next: On the Trail of Radical Islamic Groups

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