It is no secret that history knows many riots, tumults, commotions, and social unrest cases in which parties to a conflict are society and a state. As a rule, these periods are the moments of the birth of new order in a country, entailing drastic changes and shifts in a state’s structure. However, not all of these “battles” can be covered in the media due to certain significant factors and reasons. The clash between the military and the civilian population should be attributed to one of the mass demonstrations caused by discontent in a community, an example of which is the clash of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam against the military.
A clash between the military and citizens is a serious clash of interests that permeates relations both within the State and between States. One of the most striking, memorable examples of a conflict between military and civilian populations is Tamil Tiger Guerrillas’ struggle against the Sri Lankan army for independence. Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was one of the largest and most influential groups in northeastern Sri Lanka. It is not a secret that within six months, in 1986, it was able to eliminate competing militant organizations (Cronin-Furman & Arulthas, 2021). However, in 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces managed to gain an advantage over the Tigers and inflict several crushing defeats on them. After this defeat, the powerful radical organization, with a thirty-year history, could not recover, existing today only in the form of small representations in exile and separate disparate units on the territory of Sri Lanka.
Summarizing the above, it is necessary to state that the conflict and clash of interests between citizens of a particular state and the military is one of the most severe and critical phenomena that cannot always be covered in the media. Indeed, a wide range of reasons indicates a lack of focus on specific problems due to political, ethical, social, and other aspects. For example, the clash of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam against the military is one of the most prominent examples of such conflicts. Despite all the government’s anti-terrorist measures, the Tigers’ forces did not weaken, their methods became more professional, and their weapons and equipment became more modern. However, in 2009, the group “gave way” to the military due to the lack of real support from outside and ineffective methods of struggle, taking into account modern realities and trends.
Cronin-Furman, K., & Arulthas, M. (2021). How the tigers got their stripes: a case study of the ltte’s rise to power. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 1-20. Web.