Toronto Newspaper: Tamil Uthayan Newspaper Vandalized
The newspaper office of a Toronto Newspaper, the weekly Tamil Uthayan Newspaper has been vandalized news reports say.
Police are investigating mischief at the offices of a Toronto Tamil community newspaper, in which two large windows were smashed late Saturday night, and the publisher woken early on Sunday by an anonymous phone call, describing the vandalism as retaliation for a recent Canadian business delegation to Sri Lanka.
"They must have used baseball bats or iron rods," said Logan Logendralingan, publisher and editor of the Uthayan newspaper.
"They didn't enter into the offices. They just broke the glass, and said 'It's a message for you.'"
Toronto has the world's largest Sri Lankan population outside of Sri Lanka. Most are ethnic Tamils. Civil War, government persecution and a violent Tamil insurgency caused many Tamils to flee to Canada, mainly to Toronto.
The publisher of the paper says the vandals were likely angry about a recent meeting with high level Sri Lankan government officials
"They said, 'Okay, your friends went to Colombo and met the president of Sri Lanka - the enemy of Tamils who killed 40,000 innocent people. Go to your office: There is a message for you.' "
So he went to the Uthayan newspaper's offices, a 15-minute drive from his Scarborough home. The publisher said he had been expecting something like this after a week of angry phone calls - fallout from a meeting last week of Tamil-Canadian leaders with high-ranking Sri Lankan officials, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
A vibrant community emerged with a diverse range of interests. Some elements of the community support the Tamil Tigers, while other Tamil members do not support the Tigers. Last year the Tamil insurgency was dealt a setback by the Sri Lankan Army and the debate that is occurring in Toronto's Tamil Community is how best to rebuild Sri Lanka. Questions being asked include what level of co-operation should there be with the existing Sri Lankan government? For Toronto Sri Lankan Community there seem to be no easy answers.