Despite the ban by the Canadian government and the raid on their front organizations by the RCMP, LTTE continues to threaten and intimidate Tamil residents and businessmen in Canada. Currently LTTE operatives are actively engaged in organizing the Heroes Day events in Toronto and Montreal. The event, held annually to coincide with the birthday of LTTE leader, Pirabakaran, is to be held in Canada on Monday the November 27 th.It is reported that LTTE operatives were visiting Tamil-owned businesses in Toronto and demanding the proprietors to close the business establishments on November 27th. Posters printed by a LTTE front which states that `This establishment will be closed on Monday, November 27 th, in observance of Tamil remembrance day- Management? have been pasted in store-fronts of Tamil business establishments.
Majority of the shop owners are annoyed and frustrated by the LTTE`s arm-twisting tactics. `I am forced to close my business. I know very well what will happen if I don`t. They (LTTE) have told me that neither me nor my kids will be safe, if I don`t obey this order`, said one shop owner in Scarborough. Another shop owner in Downtown Toronto said `they came and pasted this large photo of Pirabakaran in my store. I am afraid to leave it there because RCMP might raid my store. I am afraid to tear it down because LTTE boys will break down my windows, vandalize my stores. I don`t know what to do`.
Many residents and businessmen say that LTTE operatives continue to demand money from them, despite the federal ban on the LTTE. In April of this year, Canadian government listed LTTE as a terrorist group and made it a crime to provide material support to the LTTE. Following the ban, RCMP raided the Montreal and Toronto offices of `World Tamil Movement`, a known LTTE front.
Last year, several Toronto area schools revoked the permissions granted to the LTTE fronts to conduct the Heroes day celebrations , at the last moment, citing terrorist connections. In an attempt to confuse the authorities, LTTE is calling the day as `Remembrance Day`, and reportedly have managed to obtain permissions to have the event at least in two schools in Toronto and Montreal.
The annual Heroes day is a major propaganda and fund-raising event for the LTTE, where Tamils, including young children are told to worship the dead LTTE members and suicide cadres. LTTE also raise hundreds of thousands of dollars at these events by selling LTTE propaganda materials.