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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2680

Sri Lankan Expatriate Rally in Washington airs plight of Tamil civilians trapped by LTTE

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 22 February (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankan nationals and supporters from across the United States held a rally Friday February 20 in the vicinity of the White House in Washington, D.C. in an effort to urge the US Government to put pressure on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to release innocent civilians held by the LTTE as human shields in the northern part of the country.

A large number of Sri Lankans attended the rally, representing the three major ethnic groups of Sri Lanka - Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims expressing the plight of the Tamil civilians trapped in the Northern Region of Sri Lanka due to the Tamil Tiger brutal effort preventing them to cross over to the Sri Lanka government declared safe zone.

Without any formal organization structure, these Sri Lankan supporters gathered on the Ellipse in front of The White House to visibly counter the false and malicious propaganda of the pro-LTTE professionals and activists in the United States. The unity of the supporters is a symbol of the overwhelming call for the American government to take action in Sri Lanka’s quest for peace.

The LTTE, also known as the “Tamil Tigers,” a separatist terrorist organization aimed at the creation of a mono-ethnic state encompassing the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka a South Asian nation off the southern tip of India with a nineteen million people approximately the size of West Virginia.

The Tigers are designated as a foreign terrorist organization in India, the US, the UK, Canada and the European Union. The group has been responsible for the assassination of a Sri Lankan head of state, Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and a number of cabinet ministers and other politicians belonging to Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities, as well as the murders of thousands of officials and civilians belonging to all communities, genders and ages.

It was the Tamil Tigers who systematically implemented an ethnic cleansing in the Northern and Eastern Regions of Sri Lanka massacring and removing Sinhalese and Muslim ethnic communities, a form of genocide they practiced in the late eighties and early nineties.

US authorities have prosecuted a number of persons involved in the collection of funds and procurement of arms for the LTTE, and legal action has been taken in Canada and some EU countries against front organizations, such as the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) and the World Tamil Movement (WTM) involved in the collection of funds for the LTTE. The FBI released a statement last year warning US citizens to be cautious when donating to charities, as many more similar front organizations are prevalent in the US, collecting funds and supplying arms and ammunition to the LTTE to carry out their acts of terror.

Last Friday’s rally of Sri Lankan expatriates drawn from many states in the U.S. was to express the Sri Lankan residents dismal opposition to Tamil Tiger attempt to prevent the innocent Tamil civilians moving to safe areas. The Tiger in doing so have endangered the lives of the civilians.

Asian Tribune was told that it was amazing that with short notice and little organization a large gathering was seen at the vicinity of the White House to bring pressure on the US Government to force the Tamil Tigers not to endanger the lives of the innocent Tamil civilians at the time the LTTE’s total defeat is seen imminent.

- Asian Tribune –

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