by Sujeeva Nivunhella
Despite a strong protest by Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London, Ms. Saroja Sirisena to the British authorities, pro-LTTE groups in London went ahead with the planned ‘Great Heroes Day’ commemoration on a grand scale in the United Kingdom last Sunday.
The High Commissioner asked the British authorities whether a proscribed terrorist organization like Al-Qaeda would be allowed to have its own way and act with impunity the way LTTE groups were openly doing in London.
“The LTTE remains a banned terror group in the UK”, she noted.
On the night of November 26, LTTE activists used high-powered laser beams to project on the British Parliament building an image of a flower considered by the terrorist group as their ‘national symbol of Tamil Eelam’ with the words ‘We remember’ underneath it.
On November 29, they hired a hall in East London for the celebrations. The venue was decorated with LTTE flags and garlanded photographs of LTTE fighters killed in the war were placed at the entrance to the hall.
Makeshift tombstones draped in LTTE flags and garlands scattered the floor of the hall. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions in the country, only 15 people participated in the commemoration.
Following the open judgment by the Proscribed Organizations Appeals Commission to allow the appeal, pro-LTTE groups stepped up their activities in the UK with flags, banners and cutouts of the slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran vividly displayed near Tamil-owned shops to mark the commemoration.