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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

LTTE May Day rally in Paris, a show down with French authorities?

Paris, 01 May, ( Elaborate arrangements have been made by agents of the Tamil Tigers in Paris to exploit May Day rally as a protest against the arrest of the 19 Tamil Tiger cadres on April Fools day by the French anti-terrorist squad.

Usually the May day rally in France is organized by CGT (confederation General du Travail) a leading trade union confederation in France. Any organizations interested in participating on the May Day rally and march are normally allowed to participate. Tamil Tiger have participated in the name of Tamil Coordinating Committee Tamil Tigers in France. Earlier Tigers participated in the May Day march as a publicity campaign for the Tigers.

This is the first May Day rally after EU declared LTTE as a proscribed organization.

Tiger tactic has been to round up the Tamils by sending buses to various parts of Paris and suburbs to bring the people to participate in the May day rallies. Last May day LTTE carried a large cutout of its leader Velupillai Prabakaran and wave Tiger flags.

Even though Tigers at times do not force Tamils to participate in some of their celebrations and rallies, but always consider those not participated in the events organiozed by them as their enemies and never failed to take revenge on them.

Tamils are under pressure to participate in events organized by the Tigers.

Majority of the Tamils are of the opinion that if they openly identify themselves with the Tigers, they may have to face serious consequences in France.

Therefore it is not clear whether Tamils in Paris would participate in large numbers as before.

- Asian Tribune -

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