- n. A guerilla and a conventional organization seeking the establishment of an independent homeland (ஈழம், eelam) in the northeast of Sri Lanka for the Tamil community.
- n. a terrorist organization in Sri Lanka that began in 1970 as a student protest over the limited university access for Tamil students; currently seeks to establish an independent Tamil state called Eelam; relies on guerilla strategy including terrorist tactics that target key government and military personnel
“Whereas in Indonesia, peace talks with the Acehnese armed opposition group GAM intensify and lead to a cease-fire and ultimately a successful peace agreement, in Sri Lanka the initial signs of cooperation between the army and the Tamil Tigers in assisting casualties and retrieving and exchanging wounded and diseased persons are soon overtaken by old political antipathies.”
“The Tamil Tigers protest at Kirrabilli, like you said, it has been peaceful, but there are people threatening to go on hunger strike until they die, is that a concern?”
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