Don't call these Sri Lankan protesters 'Tamils'


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A comment posted on this Blog, presumably by a Sri Lankan Tamil, brings up a valid point.

The comment in full:

Thiru said...

I ask the international media to please STOP CALLING THESE PEOPLE TAMILS!! They may be Tamils only because all Tamil Tigers are Tamil and not because all Tamils are Tigers!

These people are members of the Tamil Tigers, not just Tamils.
Fairly valid point. If you watch the video below you see that Tamils themselves have been victimised by the Tigers for years.



It would be callous and insensitive to term the Al Qaeda as 'Muslims'. Imagine this headline 'Muslims attack World Trade Centre'? Obama's family is part Muslim. It's just plain disrespectful to brand an entire community as terrorist.

The morale of the story? Not all Tamils are Terrorist (Tamil Tigers). Call these protesters what they are - Tamil Tigers. Call these disruptive protests what they really are - Pro Tamil Tiger protests.

In Canada the protests will continue even after this war ends. It doesn't matter to the Tamil Tigers if peace arrives for all people of Sri Lanka. If the Tigers are defeated then their members will protest and fund their 'cause' till the group is back to it's full fighting capability in Sri Lanka.

It's official!

Protests won't end, activist promises
"We will still be doing our activism," vowed Kaj Thiru
Recommended reading: Tigers, Tamil Diaspora and the Tamil civilian plight

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

DONT CALL THEM SRI LANKAN EITHER. THEY ARE CANADIANS OR WHATEVER COUNTRY THAT OFFERED THEM REFUGE TO WAGE WAR ON SRI LANKA

Dee said...

good post! poor misguided kids...

Anonymous said...

The protesters just want to help their families. No the "Tigers". Besides, how did the Tigers form? Why did they form? What was the so-called amazing Sri Lankan government doing as the Tigers kept growing? Why wasn't this war over 30 years ago?

And most importantly, why are INNOCENT PEOPLE STILL DYING?

I don't support the Tigers or the Sri Lankan government.

Just take a minute and think.

Anonymous said...

**Not the "Tigers".

Anonymous said...

Tigers only formed because of Prabhakaran, there were so many other groups who were around for the Tamils.

EROS EPDP etc were all wiped out by the Tigers to become the -forced- sole representatives Tamils. Tamils need to brush up on their history.

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