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Taming Snow Tigers

Toronto moves to suppress activities supporting the LTTE

The fighting between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan army in the Jaffna peninsula is causing political turmoil as far away as Canada: home to one of the world's largest Sri Lankan Tamil populations.

Canadian newspapers have established strong links between a number of expatriate Tamil cultural organisations and charities and the LTTE. Anti-terrorism experts have told the Canadian government that the groups have raised more than $14 million to fund the Lankan conflict. Two Canadian cabinet ministers, including the highly respected finance minister, Paul Martin, have been heavily criticised in the press and the Parliament for attending a dinner in May where funds were raised for the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (fact). A report submitted to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) described fact as an LTTE front founded in 1993.

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