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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

South Indian mega stars to raise million pounds for the Tamil Tiger cause in London

By Walter Jayawardhana

London, 04 January, ( Alexandra Palace in London, the venue where thousands of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters converged to pay their last respects to the remains of Britain based leader Anton Balasingham and collect funds will be once again used on the coming Thai - Pongal day to raise one million pounds to procure arms for terrorism, Tamil sources in London said.

Brightly Colored posters have gone up at Indian and Sri Lankan shops in the London Metropolitan area, carrying pictures of South Indian mega stars like Sathyaraj, Malayali actress Bavana and Chennai nightingale Chitra advertising an Alexandra Palace musical extravaganza allegedly to raise funds for the banned terrorist organization of the Tamil Tigers targeting one million pounds.

White Pigeon , the newly formed ‘charity’ allegedly linked with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), that replaced the activities of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) after the latter two organizations were banned in the United Kingdom for raising funds for terrorist activities is vigorously promoting the event unobstructed in the United Kingdom.

Sources close to the organizers said 40 % of the tickets have been already sold for this coming Thai-Pongal musical festival scheduled to be held January 12. Thai Pongal is a major annual festival connected with the harvesting time of the Hindus.

Anti LTTE Tamil sources said it is most regrettable that the resources of two countries, namely the United Kingdom and India, are funneled to enrich a terrorist organization that has been banned in both countries. An up and coming poetess political figure highly connected with the ruling DMK in Chennai and the LTTE has been instrumental in obtaining the support of the Chennai artists for the show, informed sources said.

The Saturday evening event which is expected to draw thousands of LTTE supporters from all over Europe is expected to raise at least one million pounds, organizers have declared.

Singer Karthik, actor Jeeva, singer Haris Rajendra, young heart throb Sibi, a son of actor Sathyaraja are also billed to perform in this fund raising event entitled “Mega Musical Festival - 2008” among scores of others.

Alexandra Palace a huge audience hall available for rent could accommodate 10,000 participants.

A VIP ticket at the festival is priced at One Hundred British Pounds while a family ticket of four people is priced at 75 pounds. A lower class Individual ticket would cost 25 pounds.

The LTTE which went underground after the British proscription became bolder during recent times and was once again seen raising funds in front of London’s innumerable Hindu temples on the New Year day.

The Glenmore Group of Companies, a financial and property enterprise and Nomi Mobile telephone company are the sponsors for the White Pigeon, the alleged front organization of the LTTE, according to published advertisements of the musical festival.

- Asian Tribune -

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