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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Roar of the Tamil Tigers

[b]Roar of the Tamil Tigers[/b]

They apologized when they came knocking on her door one night. The Toronto woman won't say if the grass outside was green or covered in autumn leaves. All she will divulge is that the men came sometime before winter began last year, and they asked for a monthly donation of $50 for the "Tamil cause."

After an exhausting hour of debate, the Sri Lankan-born woman relented and agreed to $30 a month. But when she stopped her payments three months later, the men came back. Now they demanded a one-time payment of $2,000. "They said if I give them the money this time, they'll stop coming," recalls the wife and mother, who spoke to the Star on condition of strict anonymity.

The men never said where they were from, but asked for money to help "children without parents, people with no homes or boats back home" in Sri Lanka. But it was thoughts of angering the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), or Tamil Tigers, that made the woman donate.

She didn't believe it was a coincidence that she was paid a visit just after returning from a trip to Sri Lanka to visit relatives. There, she had had to register with her passport at a mandatory LTTE checkpoint.

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