Moderate Tamils' attempt to make their voices heard in Canada
Selva Kumar, Jamal Mohamed and Lenin Benedict are members of Canadian Tamils for Peace and Democracy (CATPAD) and these individuals together with other Tamils in Canada have spoken out against the brutal terrorism of LTTE.
mistaken belief that all Tamils in Canada share the same opinion on the situation in Sri Lanka. In fact, not all Tamils in Canada are from Sri Lanka (many come from India, Malaysia, Singapore and other nations). And even among those Canadian Tamils who do come from Sri Lanka, not all support the LTTE (better known as the Tamil Tigers) or its Canadian affiliates. In fact, most of us don't support the group.
There are over a million Tamils in Sri Lanka's south living peacefully among the country's Sinhalese and Muslims. Many Tamils in Canada come from these areas, and aspire to see this same sort of pluralism in the formerly LTTE-controlled regions in Sri Lanka's north and east.
Is Canada genuine regarding their ban on LTTE? If it is so, then how is it that LTTE is still so powerful in Canada and many peace loving Tamils live in fear, why can't they make their voices heard?
Moderate Tamils have attempted to make their voices heard in Canada-- including at a recent rally on Parliament Hill organized by the Hindu Priests Association. However, hundreds of Tamil men and women were sent from Toronto by a pro-LTTE group to infiltrate the rally with Tamil Tiger flags. This sort of practice has become the norm. The Canadian media and public should understand that Tamil Tigers supporters are co-opting these events against the organizers' own wishes.