May 16, 2010 (AFP) – One year after Sri Lanka’s army wiped out the Tamil Tigers, there are no signs of the rebel group’s revival at home, but concerns remain about extremist fund-raisers abroad. The government has highlighted meetings abroad planned to coincide with the first anniversary of the LTTE’s military defeat as a fresh move to revive the separatist movement.
A London-based group known as the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), which Colombo says is a front for the Tigers, said it planned commemorative meetings in Canada, Europe and Australia. GTF says it wants to launch a non-violent agitation for a separate homeland in Sri Lanka.
Prabhakaran was killed in the final military offensive on May 18, 2009, and the corpse of the once elusive Tiger supremo was shown on national television a day later.
Sri Lanka’s military is to stage a series of ceremonies this week to mark the victory, including a display of military hardware in Colombo on Thursday.
At the height of their power, the Tigers controlled a third of the island’s territory and ran a de facto state with its own police, banks and civil administration.
The group used suicide bombers with deadly effect, claiming high pro