Tamil leaders, who had entered the democratic system, say all politicians, including the Tamil National Alliance leaders, are taking the Tamil people for a ride.
One leader said TNA parliamentarian R. Sampanthan`s comments, that LTTE`s arms strength was the strength of the Tamil people, were appalling and an insult to democratic Tamils.
Making reference to the latest arms shipments acquired by the LTTE and the reports which said that the LTTE had now acquired five aircrafts for their Air Wing, the democratic Tamil leaders blamed both, the government and the opposition, for not doing anything about it. `They are just looking and waiting. That`s all,` they said.
One Tamil politician scoffed at the remarks made by President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the brain drain had stopped after the Ceasefire Agreement. He said `It is a ridiculous remark made by the President. No member of the Tamil community has come back to the country after the Ceasefire Agreement. Those who came, returned only to sell their land and go back`
Meanwhile a Senior Security official told The Island that it was impossible for the Navy to check all points for LTTE arms shipments. He said `They bring them in trawlers and fishing boats and that`s why we imposed the ban. Fisherman must understand why the ban was imposed to stop the LTTE from smuggling arms, not to harass them.