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New LTTE leader barred from entering Germany
By Gagani Weerakoon
Persistent attempts by pro-LTTE organisations to bring LTTE’s new de-facto leader Visvanathan Rudrakumaran to Germany in the guise of a humanitarian activist, to address the Tamil community domiciled there have failed with German authorities refusing him entry into the country.

Sources in Germany said Rudrakumaran, who is a US citizen, and another pro-LTTE South Indian film director had been billed as the key speakers at a mass demonstration planned for last weekend, to which some TNA Parliamentarians still living abroad were also to join.

“Tamil Makkal Elutchi Kulu,” a front organisation of the LTTE, was responsible for organising the demonstration, which was to be staged opposite the Federal State Parliament, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) where the largest Tamil community in Germany is living,” sources said.
Meanwhile, the sources also disclosed that German intelligence, ever since the decimation of the LTTE in Sri Lanka, is getting more co-operation than before from the Tamil community about the activities of the LTTE front organisations in Germany.

“Many Tamils here are disappointed with the LTTE and feel that the Tigers deceived them on many occasions. Most Tamils in NRW are now demanding that they be paid back the money they donated to the LTTE believing in their pledge to build a separate state for the Tamils. There had been a number of clashes between the Sri Lankan Tamil community in Germany and the LTTE fund-raisers in the past few months. The NRW tops the illegal fundraising in Germany followed by Berlin,” sources in Germany said.
They also noted that the number of cases reported of Tamil houses being robbed by unidentified gangs also has increased rapidly in the recent past.

“Strangely, these gangs only robbed money and gold. In one instance, they have robbed 20 kilos of gold from a house belonging to a Tamil in Berlin. But none of these victims has made complaints to the German police in fear of being taxed, and income tax authorities could take tough actions against those people who did not reveal their assets,” they said.

The LTTE is under continuous watch by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Verfassungschutz) due to its being listed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union.
“However, its front organisations are continuing to operate, without any hindrance, from the law enforcing authorities, in Germany. We believe the decision not to allow Rudrakumanran entry into Germany was a wise move made by the Government of Germany to avoid any future embarrassment of being accused of aiding the activities of the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world,” they said.