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Note from the Editors of Sri Lanka Watch

Over the last several months our reporters in Canada have been keeping a vigilant and watchful eye on how the Tamil young people are being exploited by certain older people especially of the Canadian Tamil Congress headed by a man called David Poopalapillai who left behind a highly questionable trail in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province before fleeing to Canada. Sometimes it is quite disturbing to read that this person is reported as voicing the views of the Tamil Diaspora enjoying a kind of representative status in the community. Neither he nor the Canadian Tamil Congress is any of it. There are several Tamil Diaspora organizations many of them focused on the cultural aspects of the community that steer clear of the Canadian Tamil Congress.

There are also the others who are still using the Sri Lankan issue to make their own fake and fraudulent gains like the Canadian Tamil Radio (CTR) which last weekend organized what it called Kondaddam (Celebration) widely announced as a free event. But when people began arriving at the Markham Fair Grounds to attend the musical evening, they were met by volunteers with lists demanding at least $100.00 per person claiming to be for their work in Sri Lanka. As to the so-called work in Sri Lanka, it is all guesswork and dubious. In other words the collections are still on and the Canadian Tamil Diaspora is continuing to be taken for a ride.

David Poopalapillai’s group focuses on young people and university freshers and their activities especially the demonstrations were in support of political violence in Sri Lanka. Many of the Tamil Diaspora was disgusted by the way their demonstrations were conducted ignoring how Canadians view public expressions differently; orderly, decently and peacefully. The CTC people even had children and toddlers carrying the flags of a Canadian banned organization. LTTE influenced and impacted violence, use of drugs, credit card fraud, money laundering and counterfeit currency prevail among Tamil youths and the CTC is blind and deaf to this terrible state of affairs.

David Poopalapillai’s statement quoted in The Toronto Star that they don’t want to see another losing his life referring to the latest killing in Scarborough makes no sense at all. The plague of killings of the late 1990s and early 2000s may have been controlled as he claimed by some youth organizations stepping into the arena to curb it but what has the Canadian Tamil Congress done in the meantime? It used the youth to wake up into violence again and it never had any involvement in any kind of action to curb it.

Furthermore, and above everything else, the Canadian Tamil Congress urged the young people to support the most brutal and ruthless terror force in the world, an impression that promotes violence as the means of solution. The Toronto Star reported today just that kind of violence on a Scarborough Street and that a few days after another youth was slain in an almost similar manner.

We reproduce here the feature from The Toronto Star of today:

Police search for weapons after Tamil teen slain

By Adrian Morrow, Madeline White and Robyn Doolittle, Staff Reporters

July 21, 2009: Police are asking Scarborough residents to check their lawns and sidewalks for weapons investigators believe may have been dumped after a Sri Lankan male was killed in an afternoon swarming yesterday.

Around 12:30 p.m., the victim, who has since been identified as 19-year-old Annushath Indrakanthan, was attacked outside a Daisy Mart in a strip plaza on Bonis Ave., near Birchmount Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E.

As many as five men beat him with several weapons, including a hammer, and stabbed him. Investigators are looking for 4-5 suspects who were seen fleeing the attack, in a white Ford car.

"The car was seen going north on Birchmount and east on Huntingwood and there are reports objects were being thrown from the vehicle," said Det. Sgt. Dan Nielsen. Specifically, police are asking residents to keep a look out for "an edged weapon" or a "blunt instrument."

A car matching the description has been recovered and is undergoing forensic testing.

This is the second time in a little over a week, a young Tamil man has been beaten and killed in northern Scarborough. Less than three kilometres away from the site of yesterday's slaying, Kristian Thanapalan, 22, was beaten to death by a group of Tamil youths and men, armed with baseball or cricket bats, in the early-morning hours of July 11.

Police are still trying to determine the identity of the assailants in the first attack and whether the beating deaths are linked. While area residents are bemoaning the rising violence, the city's Tamil community is calling for an end to the murders.

"These killings must stop," said David Poopalapillai, spokesman for the Canadian Tamil Congress. "We don't want to see another losing a young life."

Poopalapillai said there was much Tamil youth violence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and that youth organizations stepped up to try to curb it. He said it might take similar youth-driven anti-violence programs "to put an end to this once and for all."
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