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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 3rd 2009
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 4, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Service pays homage to heroic Nashos People lay wreaths at the memorial service for Nashos on Sunday (above) while ex-servicemen pause to reflect (left). BURWOOD honoured the hundreds of thousands of heroic Australians who served their country as part of the National Service Scheme. About 200 people, many former National Service personnel, gathered in Burwood Park on Sunday to pay homage. ''By pausing to reflect on the sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents, we're educating the younger generation about the importance of peace and harmony as well as encouraging qualities such as camaraderie, commitment, pride and dedication," Burwood mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook said. It was Burwood's third annual National Servicemen's memorial service. Tamil conflict still a sore point SHIREEN KHALIL Tell us your side of the story? www.innerwestweekly.com.au NORTH Strathfield's Asoka Subhawickrama has long advo- cated for peace but blames the Tamil Tigers for the deaths of thousands of innocent people. While working as divisional construction engineer for the Ceylon Electricity Board in 1988 in the troubled north of Sri Lanka, Mr Subhawickrama (pictured) said he was surrounded by dead bodies and injured people for three years. ''I still feel hatred and anger towards the Tamil Tigers and I don't think I can ever forget what I saw,'' he said. ''Most of the daily at- tacks were car- ried out on innocent vil- lages by the Tamil Tiger terrorists. In the course of my work duty I picked up dead bodies and injured people,'' he said. In 1990 he said he founded the Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights. Mr Subhawickrama came to Australia 17 years ago with his wife and two children to escape the conflict in Sri Lanka. ''The violence brought me here as I feared for my children's welfare -- the Tigers were attack- ing and bombing schools,'' he said. He said now that the war was absolutely over, he would return. But Mr Subhawickrama said he was alarmed by the messages portrayed by the Tamil com- munity in Australia. He said most of them were innocent people brainwashed by Tamil associations. ''At every protest and demon- stration they were carrying the Tamil Tiger terrorist flags and that flag is a head of a smiling tiger surrounded by bullets and ma- chine guns,'' he said. ''Is this is the message they want to give the Australian public? The Australian public should under- stand they are not the real peace- ful Tamil community members.'' Mr Subhawickrama said Tamils were protesting because they knew the days were numbered for the Tigers' leadership. He ques- tioned the actions of those Tamils asking why they supported a group that conscripts Tamil chil- dren in Sri Lanka. He said Tamils did not have a right to create an independent Tamil Eelam state, which was what triggered the civil war 26 years ago. ''That is the only island and place on earth where the Sinhalese language is spoken and Sinhalese people will never allow the Tamils to take even one inch of the land,'' he said. Mckimms Pharmacy 188 Burwood Road, Burwood 2134 Ph. (02) 9747 6039 OPEN 7 DAYS new autumn styles Coco Sizes: 5-11 C Black, Carob, Maroon $13995 Clarissa Sizes: 5-11 C Black, Ice, Maroon, Navy, Rame $13995 Sarah Sizes: 5-11 C+ Black, Mahogany, Rame $13995 Ginger Sizes: 5-11 D Black, Maroon, Mahogany, Taupe $13995 Cody Sizes: 5-11 C Black, Mahogany $18995 Tracy Sizes: 5-11 C+ Leather Lined Black, Carob, Aztec Red, Rame $13995 Stefanie Sizes: 5-11 C+ Black, Mahogany, Navy $13995 2010808i iww wk49 Nicole Sizes: 5-11 C Black, Chestnut, Navy $12995 JUNE SPECIAL With any purchase over $99.95 go into the draw to win a $400 Homy Ped Wardrobe!* *Conditions Apply
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