LTTE sympathizers in France have reportedly recommenced fundraising activities in Paris claiming that the organization would be resurrected. The above photograph, which shows a fund collection point, was sent to us by a Sri Lankan resident in France who said the image was taken in the neighborhood of La Chapelle in Paris’s 18th arrondissement (administrative district). The resident further stated that the collection point has been functioning at the said location since September 26.
The caption in Tamil on the banner reads “Let the people’s revolution explode! Let independent Tamil Eelam blossom!” The source further claimed LTTE sympathizers were going door-to-door in Paris neighborhoods that have a large Sri Lankan Tamil community, forcing people to contribute to the ‘cause’. The LTTE is listed as a terrorist organization in all countries of the European Union (EU) including France, and fundraising on behalf of the group is prohibited by law.