He was told that representatives of the LTTE and British Tamil Association addressed the business owners, asking for funds for the last fight. Lots of shop owners signed agreements at the meeting about the amounts they would pay. They said that every shop owner was being asked for £50,000.I told them that if I gave them that amount of money, I would have to close my shop.
We only have two months to get the Sri Lankan army out.
We have all the plans made, but we are asking the Tamil people for final support. The men asked the family for Cdn$5,000.
If you have family to look after, that is your problem.
We are asking you to contribute to the freedom struggle. The LTTE representatives stayed for an hour and a half, until finally the man consented to sign an agreement, promising to pay the £2,000.
Business owners were asked for amounts ranging from Cdn$25,000 to Cdn$100,000.
Individuals and business owners were sometimes told that the money was a loan that would be repaid with interest. The individuals requesting the funds sometimes identified themselves directly as representatives of the LTTE.They had a lot of documents and material, including information about us, such as our phone number and address.When I asked them what the money was for, they said, We need to increase our economy.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.The shop owner reported that the same three men returned several weeks after the first visit.