Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka have waged a decades-long struggle for national liberation. In the 1970s, they formed guerrilla groups, the most significant of which was the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers, and began to wage an armed struggle. Within a few years, they controlled most of the northern and eastern coastal areas of Sri Lanka and had established a de-facto state. But the Tigers were defeated militarily in 2009 with a wave of genocidal violence and persecution of Tamils.
How do socialists understand the struggle for Tamil self-determination in Sri Lanka? This session will explore the relationship between the Tamil struggle for liberation, the class struggle in Sri Lanka, and the struggle for socialism across the island.