LTTE supporters in Candada showed how desperate they are by dragging cricket into their ‘freedom struggle’ during the T20 Tournament recently held. Extremist elements in Canada supporting the Tamil tigers staged protests several times during the tournament. Protests were held near the stadiums where the matches were being held. Apart from the Eelam flags and usual banners against GOSL, there were several banners targeting Ajantha Mendis; LTTE supporters plead other countries to stop playing with a “Killer from the SL Army”. Ironically, the Sri Lankan team went on to win the tournament and Ajantha Mendis was named the man of the series for his good performance throughout the series. The Sri Lankan cricket team is a symbol of ethnic harmony with players from many races and religions play as a team for one country. Although there was no official statement from LTTE regarding these protests, tigers did officially ask other countries to boycott the SL sports teams (link via proxy for SL users) back in 2007 during the Cricket World cup.
Meanwhile it seems that the LTTE has done some modifications to the suicide belts worn by their suicide bombers. Investigations have revealed that suicide belts used for Major General Janaka Perera’s assassination as well as for the attempted assassination of Minister Maithripala Sirisena contained 2-3KG more explosives than the usual amount. In addition, these belts seemed to do more area damage than the previous versions (iron balls spread in a 360 degrees direction as opposed to 180 degrees in earlier blasts) including to the face of the suicide bomber. More similar suicide bombings are to be expected as the tigers face increasing pressure in the Wanni front.