Please beware that this post contains very sensitive subject matter and reader discretion is advised. On May 10th 2009 Tamil demonstrators occupied the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, successfully blocking the expressway in both directions. Using the Gardiner Expressway as their stage they put on a performance of a protest to garner the attention of the people of Toronto, the police and the government. Up to 2000 members of the Tamil community were removed after over 6 hours after staging an impromptu march onto the highway. This crippled busy Mother’s Day Sunday traffic in the city and obviously caused much unrest within the city during and afterward. The Infection has decided to coin this event as ‘The Gardiner Party’. We wish to briefly leave this month’s focus of comics and cartoons in order to turn your attention to this issue that the demonstrators have successfully made us decide to speak out about by so beautifully garnering our attention.
On the issue we’ll have Infection members Lionel Heart and Poison Apple both speak out their views on the issue. Beware that these views are not necessarily the views of The Infection but these members have decided to step forward and throw their views on the table. Before we begin to discuss the issue we’ll give you some background information that we have gathered to enlighten those of you who are new to the issue.
The “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” also known as, and will be further identified as, the LTTE have been around since 1976. The LTTE have been fighting the Sri Lankan Government on and off for the last twenty-five years on hopes of an independent nation. They are the successors of the Tamil New Tigers group. For the last 25 years they have committed violent acts from suicide bombings to assassinations to “ethnic cleansing” (cultural genocide). Now, on the brink of being wiped out, this group is now calling upon the international community to grant safe passage and safe-haven for their leader and condemnation of the actions of their enemies, the Sri Lankan government.
A point of controversy among this group is their flag. In a publication about their flag this was said about the colour choice: Four aspects of ideals and mission of Tamil Eelam represented by the four colors are detailed in the published guide book.
Yellow signifies that Tamils’ aspiration to freely govern themselves in their own homeland is a fundamental political and human right. The color expresses the righteousness of Tamil struggle and reinforces Tamil Nation’s will to uphold moral highground during its path towards freedom.
Red represents the realization that freedom is not complete by establishment of a separate state of Tamileelam. We should abolish distinctions of caste and class. Eagalitarianism should become our spiritual principle. Gender equality should permeate Tamil society. The revolutionary changes necessary to spread social justice represented by these principles are reflected by this color.
Black reminds that march towards freedom is wrought with dangers, death and destruction. That it’s filled with pain and misery. Black signifies determination and resoluteness vital to withstand the adversities and build the new nation of Tamileelam to provide security and to defend the borders.
White demands purity, honesty and selflessness from the leaders and citizens of Tamileelam.”
We’ll open the floor with Lionel’s say on the issue.
To be politically correct the Tamil Tigers are not actually terrorists, oh who am I kidding they are cowardly terrorists; they are proscribed by 32 countries as terrorists, Canada being one of them. I am not advocating their cause, it is stupid and pointless because they are 25 years too late and have been using violence 25 years too long. Back to the point the “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam”(LTTE) are rebels, probably described as guerrillas (it makes me sick using that word which described Che Guevara as a folk hero to associate with such a savage group of people) by Tamils who believe in their cause, who are fighting for “their share” of Sri Lanka and have been using violence to advocate their cause the whole time. Now 25 years after they have been fighting, the government has decided to say “enough of this shit, you want violence, eat this” and started military operations against them. Now outnumbered, outweaponed, outmanned, and frankly outclassed in every way shape and form, want a peaceful resolution and ceasefire. Basically they’re cowards who want their way otherwise turn to cowardly tactics like human shields to defend themselves from something they started, it makes me fucking sick. Note to everyone: there is a death warrant for the leader of the LTTE; kill on sight with love: The Indian Government and Interpol.
Now to really piss people off and not be politically correct. The Tigers are fucking cowards and hypocrites just like the people who blocked the Gardiner, you put women and children in the front of your blockade. They tried to wipe out the Muslim and Buddhist in northern Sri Lanka in the area which they claim is theirs. They systematically removed they minority religions because it did not fit with their beliefs and the people in the region did not believe in the independent Tamil nation in fear their own religion would be wiped out, guess what? The Tamils did it anyway and guess what, no one was calling for international intervention, when they were killing other people, they weren’t calling for international intervention. But when they need to man up and take responsibility for their actions, they cry like fucking children. Man the fuck up, you brought this upon yourselves, stop being hypocritical. Now you know what is really hypocritical: YOUR GOD DAMN FLAG! (Which I may add you have been defending the whole time) Really do you expect someone to feel sympathy for you when it has a tiger (A violent/savage animal, easily angered, only at peace when it’s killed something) and two rifles behind it; really I am more tempted to shoot you people for your stupidity. Remember there is a published interpretation for the colours on the flag, well here is my interpretation and guide to understanding the Tamil Flag (Look at the flag and read this at the same time): Yellow: Stand out and do crazy shit until you get what you want, use violence if necessary; Red: Spill the blood of those who get in your way until you achieve the final goal of Tamil Eelam; screw it, kill everyone indiscriminately whether or not it is for Tamil Eelam, shoot now take identities later; Black: Walk the road of darkness if it will achieve the goal, walk it for the atrocities you will commit tomorrow, while you are at it walk it for fun; finally White: If they are Tamil and not for the cause, purify them, if they will not become Tamil, purify them, if they are not Tamil purify them, if there is anyone I missed, …………. Purify them. Back to walking onto the highway, if that was me behind the wheel when you stampeded onto the Gardiner Expressway, I would have either run your asses over or had you arrested with Disturbing the Peace and Disorderly Conduct, be glad I don’t run this country. I have had enough of this bullshit, January you didn’t get your ways, March you didn’t get your way, get the fucking message no one gives a rat’s ass, I was ready to kick you people down for getting in my way on my walk to Union Station, I really like the Toronto weather in March. Even if your people are given their land, here is a question “Can I ship your ass off to that land with the rest of them when you get it?” Don’t protest for something you won’t have, fucking cowards. Wait a minute, I know why people don’t give a rat’s ass, you want to know why: people don’t care because you don’t have money, there is nothing worth investing into, you aren’t like the rich Jews of the late 30s early 40s, who had money and we could feel sympathy for because Hitler was coming for us next; also the level of arrogance of your people is more than we can bear, having how many ever of you there are in Toronto is more than enough, one more and I may have to kill someone. I have a lot of pent up anger over this, I want to get a gun and join the killing. (I really need to get my need for bloodshed/violence checked out)
Final Rhetorical Question: The Tamil-Canadians want peace and mercy for their families and people, what about Rajiv Gandhi? What about the 16 other people who were mercilessly killed by a suicide bomber in the same attack? What about the people who have died in the other 167 suicide bombs, which the LTTE have taken credit for? What about their families? Their grief? Their sorrow?
I want to hear other people thoughts and comments on this situation, here in Toronto or abroad in Sri Lanka. Think I am wrong in my position, post a comment, I would like to hear what are on your minds.
And now Poison speaks about his opinion on the issue.
Poison says: First I wanna talk about my views on ‘War‘ in general. War entertains me. It entertains me because it can bring about great change and it’s also one of the things we can rely on happening in this world as long as humanity is around. Yes this may sound evil but what entertains me the most about it is the fact that it’s all so very stupid. War entertains me because I know that it’s never going to go away and it’s the result of mankind’s great and unending stupidity. Our stupidity, another thing that can be relied upon even in the most desperate of times. Seeing people do something stupid will always entertain me, whats worse is that we all know that it’s stupid but we’re still going at it. The situation in Sri Lanka right now is just yet another example of people being stupid. People not taking the time to try and understand eachother as well as being blatantly hypocritical leads to a situation like Sri Lanka which leads me to talking about what happened on the Gardiner.
I understand that people’s families, friends and countrymen are being murdered and tortured in Sri Lanka but at the same time, what can we do about it ? Also, given the situation there- who the hell would even WANT to do anything about it ?
These people are offering chicken feed and expecting phoenixes to fly out of our asses. They ask us to talk to the UN but they don’t get the fact that us talking to the UN wont do anything. Over 30 countries already recognize the party they support as a group of rebel terrorists and the UN has already been there but the fact is that the situation is well beyond our measure. Even if we were to go and talk to the UN the fact is that our words will fall upon deaf ears.
I do feel for the people and I support their cause of putting a stop to the war but the thing they don’t seem to register is that it’s something that I like to think is well beyond our power. I also feel that it’s shameful that they have to resort to such actions in order to get some kind of proper response from our government. I’m all for a good protest or rally as long as it’s non violent (on the odd occasion I don’t mind a riot either) but they crossed the line when they did something as stupid as closing the Gardiner. In all fairness they started small and progressively made their way up but that was OUR FUCK UP. We could have listened when they were in the small stages and at least entertained them but their cause was reduced to nothing more than a media circus. It’s not until they pulled this tactic out of their asses that they got some real attention and I say I’m ready to give it to them. Just that it’s not going to be the attention that they want.
By doing something as extreme as closing the Gardiner Expressway they actively endangered public safety. They harmed more people than necessary in what they decided was just cause. Not that saving innocent lives isn’t just cause but there were other ways to go about it- this was too much. Also, I think they expected too much in too short a time. Even if we could do something about it, it would take forever to get done and we all know that they wouldn’t be satisfied until immediate action was taken. Ambulances, emergency services and many other important people were put to a halt for their cause. They put their lives above that of others and that’s where they went wrong. They’re trying to save lives yet they resort to this kind of hypocrisy and endanger the lives of many people to save others. Not only did they endanger the lives of other people on the expressway but they had the nerve to bring their children into it. I would have had a little more sympathy if everyone there was a consenting adult or of age enough to be able to form their own opinion but they had the nerve to bring their children into it. Children who know little to nothing of the world yet and who have not properly had the time to form a proper opinion on issues of this complexity. They had the nerve to put children out on the front lines as shields in their cause while endangering public safety. So they put their own young at risk while putting others at risk…it’s low, disgusting and cowardly.
Now they should consider themselves lucky since no other city in the world would have tolerated this shit. They would have all been moved regardless of the women and children. The few should not be a danger to the lives of the many. If they understand that we, Canada, can’t really do shit then go somewhere where they can like New york and the United Nation’s building. Let them try blocking off streets in New York…Oh wait! The NYPD wouldn’t let them even assemble to do something of that level! Hell, even if we wanted to go and intervene ourselves, we cant! We’ve got our hands tied trying to get OUT of one war right now and we’ve lost more than enough lives, we’ve got the Americans breathing down our backs cause because of our ‘tiny contribution’ according to them but to us it’s alot! Unlike them, we actually VALUE the lives of our soldiers, they aren’t a dime a dozen to us.
They way they went about this was completely wrong. They got alot of attention out of it but they lost alot of support and sympathy that they would have had. I understand that they’re desperate for a quick end to their war and they want to see their families safe but they’re simply asking the wrong people to do it in my opinion. Simply put, I think we would LOVE to help them and save some lives cause we’ve done it without fail in the past but this time we CAN’T!
last but not least, it’s a civil war and the sad fact is that a civil war has to start with the people, for the people and end by the hands of the people. Even if the UN were to get a ceasefire to happen, I doubt that it would last and once both sides recuperate hostilities would increase and things would be worse than before. Right now with all that’s been said and done by both sides, the hostilities and tension will still be there and it’ll eventually explode.
Keep me entertained…fuck it, you all know the rest.
The Infection would like to once again say that on the behalf of all it’s members, the opinions expressed by Lionel Heart and Poison Apple are not that of the collective group. These individuals were the only ones who wished to share their opinions with the public. Otherwise, The Infection chose to post these statements because The Infection is a group that believes in freedom of speech and thought as well as the sharing of such without persecution or fear. As long as the internet is a place for freedom of expression and thought then The Infection will be around. All in all, thank you for your time and please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to share your views with us, otherwise- leave comments for Lionel and Poison on this post. Thank you all.