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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

Tamil Tigers ban sales of rival Tamil paper in Paris

Colombo, 02 January, (Asiantribune.com): On 10 December 2006, Parithi, Head of the Tamil Tigers in Paris, France, ordered all the Tamil shop keepers not to import or sell the popular Tamil weekly, “Thina Murasu” - a paper published in Colombo by Eelam Peoples Democratic Party led by Douglas Devananda.

Following this order, several readers of “Thina Murasu,” in Paris have decided to lodge complaints against the shop keepers in the La Chapelle area of Paris 10, who have suddenly stopped selling the weekly to them. They are detrmined to bring this high-handed act to the notice of the Consumer Protection Unit of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry (Ministere De L'Economie Des Finances et d'Industrie - Protection du consommateur).

Thina Murasu", the Tamil Language weekly " is a tabloid which claims to have a larger readership than that of LTTE weekly “Eelamurasu.”

"Thina Murasu" weekly is bought and read avidly by Tamil Diaspora all over Europe. According to Tamil shop owners, in Paris alone more than 2,000 copies of "Thina Murasu” used to be sold a week.

This political publication has been an embarassment to the Tigers as it exposes the politics of Prabhkaran's duplicity. Hence the ban on "Thina Murasu" in Paris.

The warning to the Tamil shop keepers not to sell “Thina Murasu" in their shops was issued in a letter sent by the Tamil Co-ordinating Committee (TCC) , 341, rue des Pyrenees 75020 Paris, France. TCC is recognised internatioally as the front of theTamil Tigers.

The letter warned that if any shop keeper sells "Thina Murasu," he would be considered a "traitor" and appropriate action will be taken against that shop keeper.

Parithi also warned in the letter that the person involved in the import of "Thina Murasu" from Colombo must desist from importing the Tamil weekly forthwith. The letter warned, if the Tigers find out anyone continuing to import "Thina Murasu," then he would be declared a ‘traitor’ and appropriate action would be taken against that importer.

It is also learnt that though LTTE is a banned organization in France, it continues to carry out clandstine operations to keep the Sri Lankan Tamils living in France under its heel.

It is still a common practice for the LTTE to warn and impose punishments on Sri Lankan Tamils living in Paris as the French authorities continues to ignore the LTTE and their atrocities in Paris. The French gendarmes are pre-occupied with the curbing of the Islamic terrorists’ activities in the country.

- Asian Tribune -

Also Read:

1. TTE warned a shop keeper ‘of dire consequences, for selling "Thina Murasu" despite the ban

2. LTTE banned the sale of "Thina Murasu" in Paris

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