Toronto’s Tamil community reaping what they sowed?
As Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war raged to a bloody end a few months ago, thousands of Toronto-area Tamils took to the streets to decry the deaths of loved ones back home.
Now, the same Tamil community is grappling with the violent deaths of two of its young men in Scarboroughin less than two weeks, and some wonder if a new kind of war, much closer to home, has taken its place.
“Since the protests have stopped, they have nothing to do,” a 25-year-old Tamil-Canadian woman said Tuesday outside an Eglinton Avenue strip mall where her family has a business. “I think the protests were holding us together really strong. Now, [their absence has] divided us into separate communities.”
The woman was reacting to the broad-daylight beating death of Annushath Indrakanthan, 19, during the noon hour on Monday, as he stood outside a strip plaza on Bonis Avenue near Birchmount Road. Mr. Indrakanthan, who was taking two summer-school courses to complete his high-school education at nearby Stephen Leacock Collegiate, had just bought a slice of cheese pizza and a Dr. Pepper when a white Ford approached carrying two or three more young men. Two of them set upon him, swinging weapons, including a hammer. As he lay dying on his mother´s birthday, the men drove off, throwing weapons from the vehicle as they fled.
Mr. Indrakanthan’s death came nine days after Kristian Thanapalan, 22, was similarly beaten by a large group of males armed with baseball or cricket bats in a park near Kennedy Road and Highway 401. Mr. Thanapalan, who was to begin studies at York Universityin September, had been playing volleyball with friends when he was swarmed.
The recent protests which were held by the Tamil Terrorist supporting minority of the Tamil diaspora in Canada angered many people. They blocked roads during protests and tokk the law into their own hands.
The killers should be brought to justice very quickly. We should also find out why Tamils are getting targeted. There may much more to this story.
Hopefully, with the efficiency of the Canadian Police, the truth will emerge and the culprits will be arrested.
The young woman, who was a friend of Mr. Thanapalan, asked that her name be withheld in fear her friend’s unknown killers would target her next.
She said the thousands-strong Tamil protests throughout the spring, including an impromptu shutdown of the Gardiner Expressway, gave Tamils hope that the world would pressure the Sri Lankan government into a ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers, whose long separatist struggle enjoyed widespread support among Toronto’s estimated 200,000-plus Tamils before the rebel group was defeated, and its charismatic leader killed by government forces, in late May.
She said that “very devastating” defeat has taken the wind out of a unified movement and left Tamils, particularly youth raised in Canada on glorious stories of the war back home, without a cause, and possibly turning against each other based on old internal rivalries.