Former LTTE members seek international backing

Vithyatharan VidyatharanA group of former LTTE members contesting the August 17 Parliament election, have sought international assistance.

The Crusaders for Democracy consists of former LTTE cadres who have been rehabilitated and are looking to live an ordinary life.

Leader of the Crusaders for Democracy N. Vidyatharan said that the Crusaders for Democracy will campaign for the August 17 Parliamentary election seeking the right to represent the Tamils in Parliament.

Vidyatharan said that the international community, including the United States, the UK and India, who have been calling on the LTTE in the past to renounce violence, must now accept the members of the Crusaders for Democracy as they have renounced violence and have joined the democratic stream.

Vidyatharan also said that the people in the South should not fear the former LTTE members and should instead accept them in the same way that they accepted the JVP after the Marxists entered democratic politics.

He also said that, after the election the Crusaders for Democracy will look to work with the political parties in the South for national reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette)

7 COMMENTS

  1. ‘Crusaders for Democracy as they have renounced violence’ WHAT A JOKE. they had no choice in the matter. If THe LTTE still existed they will be the first to commit acts of violence., They did not renounce violence becuse its is the right and moral thing to do, Because the SL military defeated the LTTE Terrorist.

  2. Prabaharan and other top men in the LTTE are the actual cause for the deprivation of the Tamils and their present sad state. So many Tamil civilian deaths, destruction of properties are all their mistakes and they cannot get it back. And now they want to help the Tamil people. How? The Tamil people can be better off under a Sinhala leadership.

  3. “Vidyatharan also said that the people in the South should not fear the former LTTE members and should instead accept them in the same way that they accepted the JVP after the Marxists entered democratic politics”.
    If this is a comment with genuine peace loving heart, there will be even Sinhalese people supporting this group. But, if this is another cheating such as Prabakaran did during peace talks, people should not forgive them.

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