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LIBERATION TIGERS FRONT OPENLY RAISES 11, 000 DOLLARS IN TORONTO TO DRIVE SL ARMY OUT

Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

The Liberation Tigers controlled Eelam Nation web site reported that the LTTE front organization The World Thamil Creative Writers Association has openly raised 11,000 Canadian dollars at a function held at the Kandasamy Temple Hall in Toronto Canada to throw the Sri Lanka army out of Tamil areas.

"Throw the Sinhala army out and secure Thamil people's freedom and dignity" were described as aims of the fund raising event, which the web site reported, drew large crowds to felicitate a writer called Kasi Anandan who mostly writes lyrics for martial. music used by the Sri Lankan separatist movement for military training and recruiting purposes. In appreciation of Kasi Anandan the organizers appealed the crowd to contribute heavily for the LTTE war chest.

The World Thamil Creative Writers Association is headed by Velupillai Thangavelu, an ardent supporter and fund raiser for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Toronto, Canada and was second in command to another fundraiser for the terrorist movement , Manickavasagam Suresh while the latter was the boss of the World Tamil Movement (WTM) and the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT). Both organizations also were alleged to have engaged themselves to raise millions of Canadian dollars for Sri Lanka's terrorist activities and Manickavasagam Suresh is currently under deportation orders by the Canadian government for those activities. But Suresh, supported by the LTTE fronts in Canada appealed the case to the country's Supreme Court and it is now pending.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, that country's equivalent of the American CIA, has recognized both the WTM and the FACT as front organizations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The Eelam Nation said the proceedings in the Toronto's Kandasamay Temple to raise funds commenced by hoisting the LTTE flag depicting a springing Tiger and singing the LTTE anthem. It said silent homage was observed in memory of whom the web site called, "Tamil Eelam martyrs and members of public who fell victim to Indian and Sri Lankan state terrorism."

According to Velupillai Thangavelu, as reported in the Eelam Nation, his organization was holding the function to honour the LTTE verse writer Kasi Anandan who was compared to Bharathi, the Indian poet "who through his songs fanned the flames of India's freedom struggle." He said Kasi Anandana's songs have inspired Tamils around the world and those songs have proved lethal weapons of war in the hands of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He claimed that the songs composed by Kasi Anandan continued to be the best recruiter of fighters for the Tamil terrorist group.

But the United Nations have alleged that LTTE agents visit schools and forcibly recruit child soldiers without the consent of their parents.

Thangavelu was quoted of having said, "....the Thamil Diaspora owes a duty to help end the bloody war, throw the Sinhala army out and secure Thamil people's freedom and dignity ." The web site said, "He appealed to the audience to contribute liberally so that a respectable five digit figure could be raised. Contributions should not be construed as assistance to Kasi Anandan , but strictly as a statement of our appreciation and show of love for a great liberation poet."

The Eelam Nation , quoted Thangavelu of having said the LTTE leader Prabhakaran was a god sent gift to the Tamil people and for another thousand years another Prabhakaran would not emerge. He said therefore the war has got to be won during his lifetime. He also reminded that another lyric writer Arivumathi has compared Prabhakaran, a Christian, to Hindu god Lord Murugan, in one of his songs.

South Indian politician Valampuri John said Kasi Anandan spent five years in prison for LTTE activities.

Eelam Nation said, pro-LTTE publications and radio organizations , Eezhanadu, Namnadu, Muzakkam, The Thamil Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, World Thamil Radio also called Geethavaani, and Canadian Thamil Radio gave wide publicity to this event to draw crowds to raise funds.



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