Tamils to stage anti-LTTE rally in Brussels
From Neville de Silva in London
Tamils from several European countries are to stage an anti-LTTE rally in Brussels tomorrow urging the European Union to ban the Tamil Tiger organisation and take urgent steps to halt its fund raising.

This rally, organised by Tamil democratic groups, is a counter to the LTTE demonstration held in Brussels recently that demanded the EU lift the ban clamped on LTTE delegations visiting EU capitals.

Tamils sources in London said Monday’s demonstration is also to call on the EU countries not to return failed Tamil asylum seekers for fear that they would be detained in Sri Lanka by the government or the LTTE.

Tamils from the UK are also expected to participate in the anti-LTTE rally, the sources said. They said that the LTTE fund raising in Europe was causing much concern among expatriate Tamils.

Two explanations are being offered for the intensive fund-raising campaign in Europe and elsewhere. One is that the LTTE is preparing for war again and would provoke incidents after the November 17 Presidential election. The LTTE had earlier put their faith in Ranil Wickremesinghe to help it return to the negotiating table by agreeing to a tsunami aid sharing arrangement. But recent statements by leading UNPers that the Ranil Wickremesinghe government had built an “international safety net” to keep the LTTE in check and was also responsible for Karuna’s split with the Wanni leadership, have disillusioned LTTE supporters worldwide, they say.

Tamil sources point out that in recent days Tamil newspapers including some published in London have tended to veer toward Mahinda Rajapakse, though not openly espousing support for him.

The second explanation offered is that the LTTE leader is going to declare unilateral independence in January next year and needs the funds to maintain the LTTE’s ‘Eelam’ in the Wanni while trying to convince the international community that he had no other option.

Tamil sources said Velupillai Prabhakaran would give an indication of his intentions when he addresses the local Tamil community and the Tamil diaspora on Mahaveerar Day on November 27.

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