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