The National Heroes’ Day celebrations of November 27 has come as a slap on the face for many who tried to portray the Tamil speaking people and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as being two different entities.
The Sri Lankan government as well as a handful of Tamils who had accommodated themselves to Sinhala occupation have been vicious in their propaganda to separate the Tamil people from the LTTE. Their accusations range from the forceful abduction of children by the LTTE to the extortion of large sums of money from Tamils in the western world.
Before their accusations stands the National Heroes’ Day celebration of 2005 attended by well over one million Tamils across the world.
For the first time ever, events from the Tamil homeland were broadcasted on live television for all to see. Having witnessed the passion with which the people took part in remembering and celebrating the lives of their heroes, does the Sri Lankan propaganda machinery still expect the world to pay any attention to its claims of LTTE activities in Sri Lanka? Would some nations continue to label the LTTE as ‘terrorists’?
Photos and videos of events held in several other countries have begun to appear on the Net. Just one of the venues in Canada witnessed over 30,000 attendees. Events in London which anti-Tamil elements tried desperately hard to halt were attended to by over 30, 000. Are these people forced by the LTTE to attend these events? Did the LTTE threaten over 30, 000 people in the UK with death and then provided a meeting place in which all these people could gather?
Events both at home and in the western nations point to one indisputable fact. The LTTE is a people’s liberation movement. The LTTE members are ordinary Tamil civilians, forced to take up arms to counter State Terrorism unleashed by successive Sinhala Buddhist Governments.
‘Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the TRUTH.’ said Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism. It seems the truth has once again prevailed. The Tamil people and the LTTE are none but one.