Despite the LTTE being banned as a terrorist outfit in the United Kingdom, London-based LTTE theoretician Anton Balasinghan is expected to address the Tigers` Heroes Day celebrations on November 27 at the Alexandra Palace in London, Tamil sources said.
LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran`s annual heroes day speech will also be broadcast from the Vanni.
The Sunday Island learns that this year the celebrations will be held in two venues, one in Wembley Arena and the other at Alexandra Palace.
The LTTE, these sources said, have spent over One Hundred Fifty Thousand Sterling Pounds (`A3150,000/=) to hire these two halls.
As the LTTE remains banned in the UK, the reservation of the two venues were made by the British Tamil Association, a front organisation.
The British police moved in to prevent the Tamil Cricket Festival organised by the British Tamil Association citing their clinks with the LTTE last summer.
It is not known what action the British authorities proposes to take this time to stop the LTTE heroes day celebrations, which are illegal as the LTTE is a terrorist organisation banned in UK.
In the meantime, the LTTE in London have welcomed the victory of Mahinda Rajapaskse as the 5th Executive President in Sri Lanka.
A Tamil source close to LTTE hierarchy in London told the Sunday Island that the Tiger leadership was worried with no war in Sri Lanka as it was a struggle to keep their cadres in tact.
`With no war, the morale of LTTE cadres was low and a number of them have deserted ranks to get married and enjoy the freedom`, the source claimed.
`With Mahinda Rajapakse winning the election, even if there is no immediate resumption of war, they could at least recruit new fighters, train and keep them ready`, he said.
`As the JVP is the main ally of the new President, it will be easier for the LTTE leadership to convince its cadres that war is looming large`, he asserted.
The LTTE website, Tamilnet also referred to Mahinda Rajapakse as a `Sinhala hardliner`.
Director of the TBC Radio in London, Ram Raj said that the LTTE now finds it difficult to keep their cadres intact. He said during the past year, Thamilchelvam has said 122 times that the LTTE was going back to war but it never happened.
He claimed that the LTTE does not have a strong battalion. `It was the Eastern Province Tamils who fought for the LTTE before. Now, all of them are with Karuna. LTTE is only talking about the war to collect money`.
He said that they staged a demonstration against the LTTE in front of the European Parliament last week and a large number of Tamils living in Europe participated.
`LTTE cannot claim they are the sole representative of Tamils, who have had enough with the Tigers. They no longer want a war. Tamils want to distance themselves from the LTTE now. `It clearly showed when we staged the demonstration`.
He said Tamils living in Europe called his radio station to oppose the collection of funds by the LTTE. `This is a good trend which never happened before. Earlier, the Tamil people were afraid to talk against the LTTE`.
Raj said that since Mahinda Rajapakse won the election it is Ranil Wickremasinghe`s duty to support him to evolve a solution to the North-East conflict.