Proscribed LTTE Tamil Tigers make a mockery of UK Terrorism Act
Posted on February 14th, 2018

Shenali D Waduge

According to the UK Terrorism Act of 2000 it is a crime to wear or carry any item portraying reasonable suspicion of support to a proscribed organization. In 2001, UK proscribed LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization together with 45 other foreign terrorist organizations. In 2009 Tamil demonstrators in London were carrying flags of Tamil Eelam and were arrested by the UK Metropolitan Police. If UK Metropolitan Police arrested Tamils for carrying LTTE flags in 2009 what stops UK taking action in 2018?

There are 2 factors that the UK Government & the UK citizens need to take cognizance of.

Firstly, terrorism & terrorists are not only Islamic & Muslim. None of Al Qaeda/ISIS terrorism come anywhere near to that committed by LTTE in over 30 years covering suicide, assassination, international illegal crimes including narcotics, human smuggling. Al Qaeda did not have its own airforce or naval force and Al Qaeda did not kill any foreign leader on foreign soil for contract – but LTTE did. The former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was said to be killed on a foreign contract by the LTTE. Can Britain feel safe when they know they have allowed hardcore LTTE cadres to seek asylum in the UK just to spite the former Sri Lankan Government? We are dealing with a group of people who have murdered babies, unarmed civilians, clergy, public officials, politicians, their own cadres and even a world leader. Does UK know exactly how many of these killers are presently living in the UK? According to Wikileaks 2007 LTTE operatives had stolen 130,00 Norwegian passports and sold them to the highest bidders including the terrorists of Al Qaeda.

The woman who trained children & women to kill and commit suicide happily lives in the UK while LTTE proudly operates its international office in London since 1970s. /

Secondly, it’s one thing to chide the Sri Lankan Government about various issues but if LTTE has been proscribed in the UK then the UK cannot allow ANYONE (white British, Asian British or Sri Lankan asylum seekers) to carry anything associated with LTTE or allow anything associated with the LTTE to be held in the UK. Is this too difficult for the UK Government to comprehend? Afterall, UK is spending taxpayers money to even establish a unit under the Scotland Yard Anti-Terrorism in London to monitor LTTE activities.

Let us remind UK that the LTTE lasted 30 years because of the foreign funding and material support provided to purchase arms/ammunition/communications equipment & training & the monies were raised from every country that LTTE has been banned. Moreover, it is not that these LTTE fronts have been ONLY innocently raising money to a ‘cause’ in Sri Lanka – they have been swindling these foreign countries & their citizens – credit card scams, registering as charities to enjoy tax free exemptions, money laundering, hawala system of money transferring – in short they have mastered the art of creeping through every loophole in foreign systems and every country has enough of reports on these actions & the culprits. Why has no action been taken against them?

What is the use in spending for a unit that does investigations and meekly watches a banned LTTE make fools of British law enforcement & make the world laugh at the British Government?

For the benefit of all, let’s just look at some of the clauses in the UK Terrorism Act relevant to the inaction by UK against LTTE supporters.

Section 12 (1) A an offence is:

  1. a) inviting support for a proscribed organization
  2. b) Support, is not / not restricted to the provision of money or other property as per

section 15

Section (2) A an offence is committed if he arranges, manages or assists in arranging or managing a meeting which he knows is-

  1. Supporting a proscribed organization
  2. To further activities of a proscribed organization
  3. Addressed by a person who belongs or professes to belong to a proscribed organization

Section (3) A an offence is committed if he addresses a meeting and the purpose of his address is to encourage support for a proscribed organization or to further its activities

Section 13 (1) A an offence is committed

  1. Wears an item of clothing
  2. Wears, carries or displays an article in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or supporter of a proscribed organization

In case people have forgotten LTTE stands for Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, their leader was Velupillai Prabakaran & this is their flag. So by virtue of the UK proscribing LTTE in 2001 everything associated with LTTE will automatically be proscribed including its flag & other emblems. In other words glorifying a terrorist organization is an offence. So when any protestors cry Our Nation – Tamil Eelam, Our Leader – Prabakaran, what were the British law enforcement authorities doing?

However, before & even after 2001 the LTTE supporters in the UK have been flouting all the British anti-terror laws & getting away with it. This makes LTTE proxy the TNA included into the list. Giving visa to TNA to participate in pro-LTTE events is thus questionable. To be removed from even guilt by association the UK and certainly the Sri Lankan Government need to launch a thorough investigation & exonerate TNA leaders from association with LTTE. So far both UK & Sri Lankan Governments have not done so.

They have held LTTE events, they have put up massive cut-outs & posters of LTTE leader on stages where UK politicians have also spoken. UK police even launched an investigation into MPs Keith Vaz & Virendra Sharma attending a pro-LTTE rally in 2007 to which messages of ‘support’ was received by London Mayor Ken Livingstone & MP Simon Hughes. so what was the outcome of the investigation or was it just to satisfy the complaint made? The list of UK MPs openly associating with organizations associated with LTTE are many. An investigation & look into their bank accounts will reveal the reasons why.

In 2009 UK Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said
During the last 43 days these pro-LTTE supporters had been there around the clock, waving flags with the Tiger insignia in violation of the UK anti-terrorism laws. In addition, they had been creating cacophony of noise, beating drums and taking over the streets surround Big Ben and the Parliament. These actions cause traffic chaos, crippled the transport system and caused untold suffering to the general taxpaying British public”.

According to UK Independent newspaper the Metropolitan Police had even confiscated LTTE flags which represented the proscribed group. A police spokesman said they had issued “repeated requests” for flags bearing images representing the Tamil Tigers – a proscribed organisation in the UK – to be removed.” Two protesters were held on suspicion of carrying a flag supporting a proscribed organisation, under the Terrorism Act 2000.

If this was the case in 2009 wherein the UK Metropolitan police took action against LTTE flags going so far as to even arrest supporters why was no action taken on 4 February 2018 outside the Sri Lankan High Commission? The issue of the Sri Lankan Defense Attache is a totally different matter, the main issue is that LTTE is banned in UK and UK Terror Act explicitly says nothing associated with the proscribed terrorist organization is to be allowed, so what is the UK Government & Metropolitan/Scotland Yard doing allowing terrorist supporters to disrupt and disturb the peace?

Here’s some homework for the UK Government & Metropolitan Police/Scotland Yard

  • How many pro-LTTE organizations operate in the UK with websites that carry the LTTE logo & other LTTE insignia?
  • How many of these pro-LTTE organizations have been investigated for links & whether they have breached UK laws or swindled UK tax payers
  • How many of the pro-LTTE organizations are directly or indirectly connected to Tamils that had been arrested & charged for aiding & abetting terrorism by UK
  • How many UK MPs have been investigated for monetary handouts by LTTE which would explain why they are so interested in the affairs of Sri Lanka other than attending to their own constituencies.

In time to come the other terrorist organizations on the UK proscribed list are going to use the example of LTTE and say ‘if they can brandish terrorist flags & honor their terrorist heroes, so bloody well can we’ and the UK Government & police will be left gobsmacked and left to keep a stiff upper lip only.

For any British wanting to know the truth there are simple questions to ask & find answers

  • Genocide – take the Tamil population statistics & wonder how numbers can increase if people are being killed
  • War Crimes – where are the names of the supposed to be dead people, are there mass graves & where are the 40,000 skeletons. No one can answer but its great just to keep drilling ‘war crimes’
  • LTTE missing – has the UK stopped to find out how many illegal Tamils are in the UK, they may find their missing cadres!
  • NGO reports – look at who is funding it, the persons they are associating with & then things will become a lot clearer!

Without falling prey to theatrics, drama and Goebells, just seek the truth yourself.

Shenali D Waduge




19 Responses to “Proscribed LTTE Tamil Tigers make a mockery of UK Terrorism Act”

  1. Charles Says:

    Stop further efforts to reconcile with the Tamils and refuse to discuss the Tamil issue with visiting Government delegations from the West, and with visitng UN Officials.

  2. Sarath W Says:

    Shenali, thank you once again for your very informative article. But please don’t try to say the LTTE did a bad thing by killing Rajive Gandhi. To me that was the only good thing they did. It was the Gandhis who created the Tamil terrorists and are the worst enemies of Sri Lanka. As Charles says Sri Lanka should stop further efforts to reconcile with the Tamils unless the Tamils show they too wants reconciliation. It should be a two way process.

    About the British, they are the biggest criminals in the world. They invaded 90% of the countries in the world, robbed all the wealth they could, murdered the people and destroyed the economies of those countries. Criminality is in their blood and cannot be changed.

  3. Dilrook Says:

    There is a legal loophole. LTTE is a banned terrorist group but not Tamil Eelam. They are holding the Tamil Eelam flag (which also happens to be the LTTE flag).

    It is a different case in Sri Lanka where both flags are illegal.

    For the record, Tamil militancy was formed in the UK in the 1970s by a set of Tamil doctors. Their group was called EROS. Subsequently Indian funded LTTE and Sri Lankan government paramilitaries wiped them out.

    Britain is responsible for bringing down over a million Tamils from Tamil Nadu, displacing them from their homeland Tamil Nadu and flooding them in Sri Lanka disrupting the demographic balance.

  4. shenali Waduge Says:

    Tamil New Tigers (TNT) founded by Prabakaran on 22 May 1972 (note the relevance of date)
    TNT rechristened as LTTE by Prabakaran 5 May 1976

    LTTE flag created in 1977
    Flag became Tamil Eelam flag in 1990 replacing LTTE name with Tamil Eelam

    The LTTE flag was a precursor to the Tamil Eelam flag therefore there cannot be any legal issues

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Many thanks, Shenali !


    Reminders :

    The trumped up 1983 Riots enabled nearly a million Tamil people to go west and form the Tamil Diaspora.

    Next, the ILLEGAL 13-A was enforced on Sri Lanka in 1987.

    All this happened during the Cold War times, when JRJ was President of Sri Lanka.

    The ILLEGAL 13-A must be removed, asp.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    “Stop further efforts to reconcile with the Tamils and refuse to discuss the Tamil issue with visiting Government delegations from the West, and with visitng UN Officials.”

    We should do EXACTLY what Charles says: STOP PANDERING to ALL on the so-called Tamil issue.

    Say, the “Tamil issue” was settled for good on May 18, 2009 just as the “German issue” was settled at the end of WWII, and the “Confederacy issue” was settled wioth the outright DEFEAT of the Confederacy in the American Civil War.


  7. Dilrook Says:


    But if you ask these people in a court of law what flag they carried, they will say Tamil Eelam flag which is not illegal. No one can prove ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ the flag they carried and intended to carry was the LTTE flag and not the Tamil Eelam flag.

    The fact that it was designed by the LTTE or it is also the LTTE flag are beside the legal point. Tamil legal experts probably thought of this dual use when they picked it.

  8. SA Kumar Says:

    Say, the “Tamil issue” was settled for good on May 18, 2009 !!!
    We-Tamil can live any part of Mother Lanka from KKS to Kathirkamam , but can you-Sinhalese can live like as in Sinhela island ???

    We-Tamil never had any “Tamil issue” but this is “Sinhalese issue” !!!

    My Sinhala Brothers & Sisters please sort out our own issue whether We can call Sakkiliyas issue or Modayas issue or any other names but end of the day this OUR Mother Lanka issue .
    We both hope & pray for Eelam war V never begin in Chignkala Theevu .

  9. shenali Waduge Says:

    Tamil Eelam is not an organisation – LTTE is an organisation proscribed by UK Under its Terror Act associated with that Act are clauses that the UK has clearly prohibited. Therefore Tamil Eelam does not come into the equation.

    If LTTE is banned all insignia associated with LTTE automatically becomes banned

  10. SA Kumar Says:

    shenali Waduge

    Koddiya flag is not belongs to VP or his organisation VP & co

    Pulli kodi orginated from The flag of the Cholas ( Flag of Chola Kingdom ) was jumping tiger (Tamil: பாயும் புலி) according to the Periya Puranam.

  11. Dilrook Says:

    I’m afraid that is not the legal position, Shenali.

    Tamil Eelam is a mythical state demanded by some Tamils. No nation outside Sri Lanka has banned it. In fact, countries that banned the LTTE support the creation of Tamil Eelam. And that includes the UK.

    Various Palestinian terrorist groups were/are banned in the EU. But Palestine and its movements are not banned. They take it a step further to bypass Section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000 of UK. They willfully make minor changes to terrorist flags and display them. That is not illegal.

    Even in Sri Lanka a flag/insignia derived from the LTTE flag is openly displayed by TMVP. One TMVP leader was a deputy president of the SLFP (2007-2015), another a Chief Minister (2007-2012) and TMVP is a constituent party of a national party even today. No one was arrested over it. (They use various election symbols but the TMVP flag remains.)

    I agree with your efforts but the avenue taken will not yield much as Tamil lawyers have outsmarted that approach.

  12. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    See this terrorism laws applies to some terras only. If they are no harm to us law doesn’t apply to them. Also if
    they have a vote bank for our low life deshapaluwan to enter parliament then the law doesn’t apply. Also if the government in that country isn’t dancing to our tune, then again this law doesn’t apply. It is really simple like
    that. But let us know if any mussie guy is up to something. Then the full force of the law applies of course.

    Now a bit about these diaspo rats. These diasporats fled barrel man hitler mala paharan’s forced conscription,
    got to those countries (developed only please), got asylum blaming Sri Lanka government of bogus torture
    claims etc etc. Now living comfortable lives
    in these countries and still these diaspo rats can’t leave its brethren in Sri Lanka in peace. Barrel man hitler mala
    paharan was using tamil youngsters as cannon fodder to create his tamils only (dominated by the C brigade)
    tamil drealam. MR and the Sri Lankan army saved 1000s of tamil lives by stopping the futile war. Exclusively tamils
    only drealam going to give them heaven? Of course not. Your endemic caste system won’t give you any peace
    of mind. Then you will be surrounded by the Sri Lanka Multiplying Community mussies who multiply like ….
    In no time drealam will be at war. Sinhalese are too good for you. These diaspo rats’ buddies killed 100,000+
    Sinhalese. Sinhalese ever killed tamils? Never. Unless they were provoked to. Sinhalese are too good because
    most of them are followers of the only true religion in the world, Buddhism.

    Being the religions of conveniences followers who think killing, lying, stealing, sexual misconduct, drug abuse
    etc as not sins while all the honest people in the world including all the law courts under the sun do. So what can
    you expect from these never happy, never enough, never grateful foreigners who were brought by the dutch to
    work in tobacco plantations, then by the british to work in tea estates and the kallathonis who crossed the seas
    to save their lives from the severe famine in the 60s in tn. Grateful? Never. We are religions of conveniences
    followers remember?

    Dilrook mentioned some doctors started the plan to dismember Mother Lanka. See the treachery. Get FREE
    education costing parents 0 cents, getting FREE hospitals and become doctors. Payback? What payback? We
    want our exclusively us only drealam while living in all parts of the country comfortably. Some even get to the
    universities writing in tamil, marked up tamils. All the medical faculties are full of them depriving Sinhaelese
    students of their fair share (university through back door?) Happy? We are religions of conveniences guys
    remember. Sinhalese have been too good for these diaspo rats and its kith and kin in Sri Lanka, most people
    will agree except them.

    Charles Darwins’ Theory of Evolution destroyed the creator god myth. It started 3000 million years ago in the
    ocean with just one cell and and evolved to be 2-legged creatures. 0,,,,,,,1. It wasn’t creator by a god guy.
    Or he created and dozing off and used wrong moulds and created different different looking people. So you have the Chinese, Europeans, Sri Lankans, Indians etc. etc. all looking different. Or is it the Theory of Evolution
    enivironment making them looking different. Rocket science?

    Between 0 and 1 millions of
    creatures. So if the Theory of Evolution is true what happens after 1 (humans)? You can escape being reborn
    just like Lord Buddha explained. See it is all science. Science and Buddhism are one and the same. Religions of
    conveniences? They fail miserably. Fiction? You do your maths! So these diaspo rats choice is yours. Be truthful
    and be 1 one or be 0,,,,,,,,<1 in your next lives?

  13. SA Kumar Says:

    Sinhalese ever killed tamils? Never.- Ancient Sinhalaya sakodaraya you come out from welikada yesterday ?
    hope you did not born between 1956 to 1983 Demila baila time?

    correct 1983 to 2009 our one & only Self declare Thesiya Thalaivar VP’s time !!!

  14. Fran Diaz Says:

    Division of countries, by whatever means, is the favoured ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ game of ex-colonial forces, isn’t it ?

  15. Lorenzo Says:

    Look at the timing! LTTE RUMP chose the perfect time to STRIKE – when Singhala modayas are fighting among themselves over politics!!

    Now Singhala people are BUSY fighting each other, arguing WHO WON, etc. They are distracted from the MAIN THING. That’s when the tiger pounces.

  16. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ado Lorenzo the Undercover LTTE propagandist INFECTING LankaWeb:

    The LTTE protest in London was Indeed Perfectly Timed …. for the Pohottuwa/SLPP!

    They CONFIRMED what Patriots have been saying all along: That Sri Lanka is about to be FEDERALIZED by the Yamapalana and Tamil EELAM handed to SEPARATISTS on a plate by a Constitutional COUP-DE-ETAT!

    That only INCREASED the FEARS of the Sinhala Buddhists of the THREAT POSED to their Motherland by the Yamapalana DESHAD-DROHIYAS!

    In short, those TIGER ACTIVISTS in London OUTSMARTED themselves!

    Their protest with TIGER FLAGS helped to drive the Sinhala Buddhists into the arms of the SLPP, not withstanding the damage control move by the Preaching President in reinstating Brigadier Prasanna Fernando!

    Your paycheck from the TGTE is likely to be cut in half after that debacle, Lorenzo! A man should know his LIMITATIONS!

  17. Ratanapala Says:


    Remember how the LTTE started to fight against the IPKF after promising them to hand over weapons in 72 hours. Many IPKF soldiers were killed as they parachuted down to Jaffna. They were dead before they landed on terra firma. What made them go against their erstwhile benefactor India? I believe that this turn around in LTTE thinking was backed by Christian Western powers. Now I am more than convinced it is the British who stage-managed this reversal of LTTE thinking. Prabhakaran alone would not have taken such a decision if it was not backed by powerful friends in the West.

    I have pointed this many times before, but there were no ‘takers’!.

  18. Ratanapala Says:

    I forgot to add – that was the beginning that led to Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. India was a cohesive whole with the Gandhi dynasty in power. Getting the LTTE to do their bidding – the British demolished the Indian unity. Although Sonia Gandhi did manage to carry on the Gandhi name for a few more years, by then she was only doing the Christian West bidding!

    British the original sea pirates are still trying to retain some of the old grandeur from colonial times, but they are already a spent force. Their own demise is not too far away! Today they are bastardized nation waiting for the Islamic population bomb!

  19. SA Kumar Says:


    The LTTE protest in London was Indeed Perfectly Timed …. for the Pohottuwa/SLPP!- correct but sorry You are wrong .Tamil people (sorry to say include myself truth is truth) Tamil people do not want peace in Sinhela island if Sri Lanka is to be FEDERALIZED our TE dream will die over night.
    also if 13A &16A fully implement than federale never lead to separation realy speacking speration die that day.

    eg: because Tamil Nadhu federal union state created by Nerhu thats why Annathurais/Periyar’s dream on separated (Madras predesa) dead over night.

    any way too late now as our history ( at least since 1948) We missed all our opportunities as now also.

    let’s Pohottuwa become flower now !!!!
    Ape kiya Appi enavu !!!! long life to MR .

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