The Srilanka government began to target minority Tamils in the 70s and 80s. Thousands of Tamils were massacred, their property looted, their women raped and their leaders imprisoned and tortured. This made huge population of Tamils who came back to India as refugees. At time, a lot of Tamils took to arms.
Almost the whole population of Tamils around the world supported them in many ways. At that time LTTE was just one of organizations. The leaders of these groups were greatly admired by the Tamils for their Brave heart. These groups had their training camps in India and had a free run inside Tamil nadu. But to this day the Tigers have remained one of the strongest groups in the world with advanced arms, superior gorilla combat capacity, excellent intelligence network and highly trained of both men and women. The LTTE controls a fourth of Sri lanka which is called ? Tamil Ealam? And have their own government in their areas.