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?