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Tamil Transnational officials speak out about crisis in Sri Lanka Special

Posted Jul 26, 2010 by Andrew Moran
Representatives of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam spoke about the crisis and political situation in Sri Lanka and what the Canadian federal government and international community's response should be.
Anjalo Yogendraw (left)  Sam Sangakasivam (centre) Suren Maghndran (right)
Anjalo Yogendraw (left), Sam Sangakasivam (centre) Suren Maghndran (right)
Digital Journal reported in May of the international Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) election, which took place in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway and other nations. The purpose of the organization is to achieve independence for Tamil Eelam.
There are ten national representatives in each country.
On Sunday, during the Black July commemoration at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Digital Journal caught up with three democratically elected representatives of TGTE: Executive community member Sam Sangakasivam, transnational member Anjalo Yogendraw and TGTE member Suren Mahgndran.
The historical context of TGTE
In order to explain the mandate of TGTE, Sangakasivam first explained about the crisis in Sri Lanka and the historic tragedies of Black July. The TGTE Executive began listing some of the oppression and tyrannical policies inflicted upon the Tamils, including the loss of freedom, barbed-wire camps, homes destroyed and the conditions for Tamils, which are horrid because they lack fresh water and are forced to live in unhygienic conditions.
Black July, says Sangakasivam, was a government-sponsored program where they provided the flash mobs the necessary information to go to their houses and “pull them out and hack them.” The mobs then went to the prisons and killed them there.
Executive community member Sam Sangakasivam delivering a speech at Black July commemoration.
Executive community member Sam Sangakasivam delivering a speech at Black July commemoration.
“We know we’re not going to get anything from the government,” said Sangakasivam. “The arms struggle started there. They [Tamils] started the movements and all these things happen. We wanted our people to know that this is where our struggle started.”
The response from the Canadian government & the international community
All of what has transpired within the last year, including the riots in front of the United Nations office in Colombo, the possible UN international independent investigation over the alleged war crimes by the Sri Lankan government and the government’s denial of any human rights violations, the TGTE is trying to say:
“What can we do as Canadians? What can we tell our Canadian government to go and get involved? Because we’re 300,000 people here. We have 300,000 people paying Taxes and we’re part of Canada.”
TGTE member Maghndran told Digital Journal that the TGTE has worked closely with the Canadian government and everything that has occurred so far since the election has been legal and representatives were elected directly by the people.
The TGTE wants answers
The TGTE and Sangakasivam want the Canadian federal government to take a stance on the issue and let the Tamil people know what they’re doing specifically. Sangakasivam asked if the Canadian government will support the UN Human Rights panel or not.
“Are you going to send any help to the 100,000 Tamils remaining in the camps? Are you going to send any money there or just going to keep quiet until somebody comes in there. It’s not fair because Canada as a country is a champion for human rights. We have always respected Canada because it’s fair and true but are policies changing? Let us know, we are people. What is it?”