A Vavuniya based group believed to be an LTTE-backed organization yesterday told the people of the area to be ready for their liberation from the ?clutches of racists?.
The organisation describing itself as the `Wannian Force? in leaflets distributed in government-controlled areas of Vavuniya said: ?You have been forced against your wish to live in the controlled area of the enemy. This will not be for long. We will very soon redeem you from the clutches of the enemy. All of you get prepared to strengthen our struggle and redeem our people. Our real liberation will be only on the day you all realize that it is not possible to live with the racists?. The group said that under the new Mahinda Rajapakse administration, any talks on the possibility of forming an interim administration were ruled out, the P-TOMS agreement had been cancelled and no solution would be allowed outside the unitary nature of the state.
?Therefore there is no salvation for us in having peace talks under such terms. We are not warmongers. We love peace. But we are in readiness to face the war that is thrust upon us by Sinhala chauvinists. All our land, sea, air forces and the Black Tigers are awaiting the orders of our leader,? the group said.
Bala at `Heroes Day` show in London today
LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham will today attend a London ceremony where LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran`s `Heroes Day` speech will broadcast live from the Wanni.
The Wembley Arena pavilion and Alexandra Palace in Wood Green have been booked for such ceremonies organized by the pro-LTTE British Tamil Association (BTA).
A spokesman for the British High Commission in Colombo told The Sunday Times he was not aware of such meetings to be held in London today. Spokesman John Kelly said the British Police would decide whether such meetings amounted to a violation of recent anti-terror laws.
In the Wanni preparations were under way for the worldwide live coverage of Mr. Prabhakaran`s speech scheduled to start around 6.20 p.m. today at a site in the former Army camp at Elephant Pass.
Meanwhile our London Correspondent Neville de Silva reports that the Harrow Tamil Welfare Association which had planned to seek redress in the High Court to stop LTTE ?Heroes Day? being commemorated in London, dropped the idea on legal advice after it went to courts to call for a judicial review.
?Having fully considered the advice given by our solicitors and further relying on the information provided by the government officials, we have now decided not to proceed with the legal action,? the Association said on Friday.
The Association says it was advised not to impede police efforts as it had planned to file action against the Metropolitan Police for allowing the ?Heroes Day? commemoration to be held in two venues this year under the banner of the British Tamil Association (BTA).
The association had earlier claimed that the BTA is the UK arm of the LTTE that is actively involved in fundraising here in violation of Britain`s anti-terrorism laws.
It appears anti-LTTE groups and expatriate Tamils have been emboldened by a series of developments such as the EU`s decision to shun LTTE delegations travelling to European capitals and the possible ban on the Tigers, the successful anti-LTTE demonstration in Brussels recently and the meeting with EU officials there and the international condemnation of the coercion of northern Tamils to refrain from voting at the presidential election.
Following earlier protests against the holding of Heroes Day events in London in the guise of a cultural event, Special Branch police and officials from the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are believed to have discussed the issue. It appears that the Metropolitan Police prevailed on the government not to stop the meetings as they are keen to monitor the activities of LTTE supporters and collate evidence that would strengthen the police hand to act under the anti-terrorism laws, informed sources said.
In an attempt to stop any disruption of the Heroes Day celebrations by the British Police or others, the LTTE has sent a last minute message to its cadres and supporters asking them to immediately email officials of the Wembley Arena in London stressing the importance of today`s event.
In a noticeable change of tack, the email, presumably sent by LTTE or its supporters, claims that the event is a memorial service to all who died in the war. Previously it was to commemorate LTTE cadres who died and that is why it was known as `Mahaveerar Day`.
Tamil groups opposed to the LTTE sent out emails of their own insisting that this was an attempt to mislead the British and the Wembley Arena authorities.