Asking for money intimidating
Although many Tamils willingly contribute money to the LTTE, many others do so because they feel they have little choice.The same fear that silences critics of the LTTE prompts many members of the diaspora to provide financial support for the LTTE, regardless of whether they support the LTTEs cause.He filled out a form, which requested information including his income and his familys address in Sri Lanka.
The fundraisers usually traveled in pairs, although some sources told Human Rights Watch that they had been approached by a group of three or four representatives.
LTTE representatives provided a variety of explanations for how the money would be used.
I have a parent and siblings in Sri Lanka and I want them to see my children. Despite his concerns, the man tried to refuse, explaining that he was unemployed and did not have the funds.
He said that the LTTE continued to pressure him, saying You are from Sri Lanka, it is your responsibility, you must give.
The shop owner reported that the same three men returned several weeks after the first visit.
They told me, We are from the LTTE; we have come to collect the money. The shop owner again told them that he did not have any money.
Our leader in the Vanni asked us to collect money from each individual. Then they asked for £2,000.
They said, If you contribute money here, you can go to Sri Lanka and visit your family. That number will allow you to move freely in Jaffna. If you dont pay here, you will pay double or triple when you go to Sri Lanka. The man said that he was worried by the threat.
They wont leave without a pledge or a post-dated check. A London businessman told Human Rights Watch that in November 2005, vans came to his district of business to transport local Tamil shop owners to an undisclosed location for a meeting.