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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 10th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 11, 2009 23 OPINION The Inner-West Weekly has published views from both sides of the Sri Lankan debate. On May 28 we brought readers the view of Tamil Kathir Ravichandra, of Cabarita, and on June 4, Singhalese Asoka Subhawickrama, of North Strathfield, gave his version of events. Here is some of the feedback we've been getting online. Share your Sri Lankan story online www.innerwestweekly.com.au Key is with equal rights The context of a freedom struggle should be understood before we seek to comment on it.The Tamil struggle first started in peaceful form, following the teaching of Gandhi. Peaceful protests on the lawns of parliament against the various legislations discriminating against the Tamils, were met with vicious bashings and killings by Sinhalese mobs. All this culminating in the 1983 riots in which the Sri Lankan State undertook a pogrom of genocide against the Tamil people. With electoral lists in hand, Sinhalese mobs were given free range to attack and kill Tamils. More than 4000 Tamils lost their lives in that one night. The LTTE (Tamil Tigers) is a mere reflection of the brutality of the various Sinhalese government against the Tamils. It takes a lot to pick up a gun, it takes even more for one to use it. There is only so many times we can watch our sisters, aunties and mothers be raped and murdered, and there are only so many times we can handle the torture by the Sri Lankan military who suspects all Tamils to be terrorists. Sri Lanka will only ever obtain peace if Tamils are given equal rights. Nathan Sri Stop the childish tactics I fully agree with what Asoka has said. I feel that the Tamil diaspora is doing a disservice to the Tamil community by their selfish actions. The more they encourage the Tiger movement, the more suffering for the Tamil community and all others. My advice to the Tamil diaspora -- Sri Lanka is safe now for all. You won't get caught by that isolated to bomb blast any more, so go back and fight for the rights of your community without instigating from overseas. That is a cowardly act. Why don't you go to the Vanni (region) and help out. Counsel the child soldiers. Give up now and stop these childish tactics. Yasmin Ramasundara Need to work together While I believe that Tamil and Sinhalese communities need to work together as Sri Lankans for the prosperity of the country, there is absolutely no way that any Sri Lankan should support TNC or any such group continuing their attempts to divide the country. As Asoka said, Sri Lanka is the only country where Sinhalese is spoken and we will never allow anyone to lay claim to any part of it. Sarath Weerasinghe Fed up with extremism I came (back) to Sri Lanka after living many years in Australia. Now the war is over and we should extend our hand to all the communities in this country and recognise them as equal citizens. 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