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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23 2008
YOUR LOCAL CUMBERLAND NEWSPAPER THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2008 PHONE 9689 5528 80c incl. GST Backing local business See Page 17 Tiger territory The tiger symbol features in posters around the Pongu Tamil event at Mason Park, Homebush (above) and V Pirapaharan (below, as pictured on tamilnet.com) participates in a Black Tigers' commemoration day event. The event advertisement (above) and the council's closure of the park, only reversed on the morning of the rally, did not deter 2000 from attending (below). UP to 2000 members of the Tamil community gathered in a Homebush park to venerate the leader of the outlawed guerrilla movement in war-torn Sri Lanka. The event, known as Pongku Thamizh or Pongu Tamil, was organised by the Tamil Civic Centre and held at Mason Park in Underwood Rd on Sunday, July 6. An advertisement on the Tamil Sydney website stated: ''Tamils in Sydney are organising Pongku Thamizh 2008 in support of Eelam Tamils' (in Sri Lanka) right to self- determination, which means 'Tamil upsurge', an annual move aimed at Tamil awakening through cultural programs''. According to another website, tamilnet.com, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader V Pirapaharan (also known as Velupillai Prabhakaran) spent the same day commemorating the ''356 Black Tigers (male and fe- male who) have laid down their lives . . . since July 5, 1987''. The website describes in detail suicide bombing attacks on the Sri Lankan army, then mentions the release of six music albums to raise money for the Tigers. Pongu Tamil was declared at Jaffna Uni- versity on January 17, 2001 with the statement: ''The aspirations of the Tamils, namely right of self- determination, traditional home- land, the Tamil as a distinct nationality should be recognised''. A resident who asked not to be named told the Inner-West Weekly Mason Park was used ''to indoctri- nate and germinate the seeds of terrorism among young Aust- ralian children''. The man, who took the main photograph, said he had to chant with the supporters so that he could go unnoticed. ''The chant was 'Soorya Thevan . . . Prabhakaran' which means 'Sun God . . . Prabahkaran'. It went on for nearly six hours over loudspeakers. What if this was for Bin Laden!'' he said. He described children as young as two or three holding banners displaying the Tamil Tiger symbol and pictures of Prabhakaran, who is wanted by Interpol and the authorities in Sri Lanka and India for numerous crimes against hu- manity. ToPage2 Flora makes her mark Moving out Moving out PAGE 12 Journey ends Jesus lives Jesus lives PAGE 5
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