Oct 09 2007
While the organisation denied links to the Tigers, photographs have emerged of Mr Sivakumar raising a flag with the LTTE logo during a recent function in Melbourne commemorating the death of Tigers political leader Thileepan, who died during a hunger strike in 1987.
But Mr Sivakumar said the flag raised at the function was actually the Tamil nation flag, which is similar to the LTTE’s.
“It’s our national symbol,” he said.
“The significance of the flag is the Tamil people’s national identity and it’s raised at the same time as the Australian flag because we are Australians first and foremost.”
Both the Tamil nation flag and the Tigers flag feature a tiger and two rifles, but the latter also carries the letters LTTE.