Posted on May 11th, 2019

Ira de Silva

Mayor John Tory
City Hall
100 Queen Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2N2

Dear Sir:

I refer to your proclamation Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day, May 18th, 2019. I am curious as to why you have chosen this date, May 18th for remembering “Tamil Genocide”. For Sri Lankans the day reminds them that it was on May 19th, 2009 that the leaders of the Tamil terrorist group called the the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were killed.  Given the wide publicity in the Canadian media of the terrorist attacks by the LTTE and the fact that Canadian Tamils funded and supported them for thirty years, with the public backing of Canadian politicians, it would be more appropriate for you to issue a proclamation remembering the end of Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, the liberation of all Sri Lankans from Tamil terrorism and the beginning of a period of peace for all Sri Lankans.  You use the word “genocide”. Are you aware that the word genocide implies a conscious and systematic plan to extinguish an entire ethnic group? The Tamils of Sri Lanka are thriving in Sri Lanka and constitute  12% of the population. There has been no reduction in this percentage over the last thirty years which makes your claim a pathetic lie and indicates your ignorance.

In spite of wide media coverage in Canada of the acts of terror in Sri Lanka by Tamil terrorists, you seem to be oblivious of the fact that a group called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fought to divide Sri Lanka for thirty long years using extreme acts of terror on the entire population of Sri Lanka.  These acts of terror were “celebrated” in Toronto by the supporters of the Tamil terrorists who funded terrorism in Sri Lanka and were backed by Canadian politicians of all political parties who helped them raise funds and provided political backing to terrorize Sri Lankans.  Sri Lankans who were being killed by this callous disregard of life and liberty by Canadian politicians knew that this support was just to get a few Tamil votes in Canada although it caused thousands of deaths in Sri Lanka. The media all over the world reported on these acts of terror by this group of Tamil terrorists (LTTE) who earned the dubious distinction of being rated as the most ruthless terrorists in the world. In spite of the funding and political backing from overseas of these terrorists, Sri Lankan forces liberated the country on May 19th, 2009 when the terrorist leader was killed by the Sri Lankan forces. He died with a gun in his hand. Some of his hard core fighters were also killed in this final battle. In your view, is the fact that a group of ruthless terrorists were killed in battle “genocide”? If so, are Canadian forces sent to countries such as Syria and Afghanistan to commit “genocide”?

You state that you “gather on this solemn day to remember, to commit that such a tragedy is never repeated and to continue to seek justice”. Sri Lankans who were terrorised by these Tamil terrorists, gather to remember the thousands killed in Sri Lanka, acts which were supported by politicians all over the world who were merely counting votes in their countries with callous disregard of the fact that their actions were responsible for death and destruction in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans  also do not want such a tragedy repeated but proclamations such as yours indicate that Canadian politicians are again supporting the possibility of the same tragedy being repeated just to get votes in Canada at the expense of lives in Sri Lanka. It also indicates that Canadians who supported Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka  have been successful in getting your support.  You state that you “continue to seek justice”, so do Sri Lankans; the difference is that Sri Lankans seek justice that will bring an end to Tamil terrorism by holding those who committed the acts of terror to justice whereas you seem to seek justice for those who committed the acts of terror.

Since 2009 Sri Lanka has had relative peace in spite of the fact that those who supported terrorism from Canada still continue to support a division of Sri Lanka whether by terror or other means. Your proclamation indicates that you have decided to support them to the detriment of peace and the liberty of Sri Lankans who did not and do not support the division of Sri Lanka. You have issued this “proclamation” to get votes.  You seem to forget that there are other voters who do not support your point of view and you have lost their support by this “proclamation”.

Yours truly,

Ira de Silva

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