Is flying the flag of a terrorist group a good idea at any time?

I wrote a story about a cultural day at London Central secondary school that had a couple of flags that raised eyebrows.

Here is the link to the story on CTV London.  http://london.ctvnews.ca/claims-made-that-flag-of-a-terrorist-group-seen-at-local-school-1.1286537

I was told that Tamil Tigers’ flags were at the assembly. They were described by my contact as having a tiger and crossed bayonets.

That is indeed the Tigers flag.

While the principal said the flags were used at other London events, the question remains, should they be? And should they be brought to a school?

The Tamil Tigers are deemed terrorists in both Canada and the U.S.  They have been  involved in assassinations and suicide bombings.

My contact was shocked they were there, especially in light of alleged terrorists links between former South students and a gas plant terrorist attack. The thought was you can never be sure about anything anymore so caution is needed.

While Tamils in Canada use the flags, the Canadian government has told demonstrators in Canada in the past that having the flags of a terrorist organization does not reflect well on your cause. But police have said they are not illegal.

Protesters have said the flags represent Tamil Eelam, not the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, but isn’t that splitting hairs?

The flag was created for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, but the writing that linked the flag to the militant group was removed in 1990.  So same flag but no words.

I ask you, should this flag be acceptable at a school?

 

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One thought on “Is flying the flag of a terrorist group a good idea at any time?

  1. Seems to me it is a matter the school should work out for itself.
    It’s an old and well respected institutition with many sophisticated
    families attending it for generations. Suprised that this anonymous
    anyone in or outside the school community rushed off to media to
    complain.
    We should not let unidentified “protesters” interfere with the public
    education system The public interest however suggests asking the
    Principal to show media an image of the flag in question and the one
    for which it could be mistaken. You could also check with their Trustee.
    Personally I can do without these “multicultural” manifestations in the
    education system, and certainly not this senior level. Pins on a map
    with date of emigration would served just as well.
    Some of these flags are likely unrelated to the one used at the time
    the family migrations started – think Ireland, or even Canada for
    emigrants to other domains..

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