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Tamil Tigers

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Tamil Tigers a Sri Lankan Tamil separatist movement founded in the early 1970s that sought to establish an independent Tamil homeland (Tamil Eelam) in northern Sri Lanka; they waged a military campaign until defeated in 2009 by the Sri Lankan army

Tamil Tigers

Sri Lankan separatist guerrillas, leading terrorist raids and opposing intervention by Indian troops.
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Noun1.Tamil Tigers - a terrorist organization in Sri Lanka that began in 1970 as a student protest over the limited university access for Tamil studentsTamil Tigers - a terrorist organization in Sri Lanka that began in 1970 as a student protest over the limited university access for Tamil students; currently seeks to establish an independent Tamil state called Eelam; relies on guerilla strategy including terrorist tactics that target key government and military personnel; "the Tamil Tigers perfected suicide bombing as a weapon of war"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, Ceylon - a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948
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In the indictment plea in the Tamil Tigers' trial, in Bellinzona, which lasted for almost two days, Swiss Federal Prosecutor has recommended severe penalties for 12 Tamils found guilty of participating or supporting the LTTE.
The Tamil Tigers remain a banned outfit in Sri Lanka but some groups have in past held events in support of the rebels despite the ban.
At least 10,000 people are reportedly estimated to have been killed in Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war that ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, also known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in 2009.
19 -- A Canadian of Sri Lankan origin - Piratheepan Nadarajah from Brampton, Ontario pleaded guilty in the United States judicial court in New York to two terrorism offences in connection with the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka on Wednesday, October 16.
In 2009, during the final months of the decades-long struggle against the Tamil Tigers, it was alleged that the Sri Lankan forces killed as many as 40,000 civilians.
He traveled to the island often, interviewing both government officials and members of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam--the Tamil Tigers. He recounts his interaction with Velupillai Prabhakaran, a home grown guerrilla who built the Tamil Tigers into a war machine and controlled it from his hideout, even arranging the assassination of Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi when he stood in the way of Tamil liberation.
Canada considers the Tamil Tigers to be a "terrorist" group.
To counter PKK activities in the Kurdish-dominated regions of the southeast, Turkish policymakers very closely are reviewing the Tamil Tigers' experiment in Sri Lanka, and they plan to repeat the same type of victory in their final showdown with the PKK.Since the end of World War II and the recognition of the boundaries of the nation-state, the international system was not favorable to dramatic changes; stateless nationalism had no choice but to engage in war of secession, which in turn would develop into major regional conflicts.
But the Tamil National Alliance, roundly condemned as a proxy of the Tamil Tigers during the war years, posted a respectable showing, taking over 38 percent of the vote and eight seats despite the many advantages enjoyed by the government.
Summary: A man who illegally supplied electrical equipment and documents to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka has been jailed for two years.
-- In May 2008, a year before the Sri Lankan military's declared victory over the ethnic minority Tamil Tigers, a slim majority of Sri Lankans (53%) Gallup surveyed outside the war-torn portions of the country expressed hope for peace between the once-powerful Tamil Tigers and the majority Sinhalese Sri Lankan government.
Sri Lanka's civil war came to an apparent end Monday with the killing of the Tamil Tigers' leader, Velupilai Prabhakaran.

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