Pictured here the recovered body of the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. These will finally lay to rest the vivid claims made by both international media and pro-LTTE media of Prabhakaran being “alive and safe”.
I totally agree with Vierotchka. And now after the supposed defeat of the LTTE, the Sri Lankan government continues to block much needed humanitarian aid needed to the Tamil civilians- this is very telling. Historically, the Sri Lankan government has blocked international aid from the Tamil civilians (as they did in the Tsunami), and continued to inflict genocidal atrocities upon the Tamil people in the form of government sponsored riots on these civilians. I would not be surprised if such riots were happening now, while these Tamil civilians are even more defenseless than ever before. The international community needs to get into the region and protect these people ASAP.
So what if 32 countries including the United States consider it to be a terrorist group? That is meaningless - Hitler's Germany considered the Resistance fighters to be terrorists. As for piracy and arms smuggling, oppressed people fight with whatever means they can muster when fighting against a powerful and rich oppressor.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; commonly known as the LTTE or the Tamil Tigers, is a militant organization based in northern Sri Lanka. Founded in May 1976, it has actively waged a violent secessionist campaign that seeks to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka. This campaign had evolved into the Sri Lankan Civil War, one of the longest running armed conflicts in Asia, until the LTTE was militarily defeated by the Sri Lanka Army under the government of Mahinda Rajapakse in May 2009. Since its inception, and until his death, the LTTE was headed by its founder, Velupillai Prabhakaran. The Tamil Tigers are currently proscribed as a terrorist organization by 32 countries