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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 31, 2008 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Dark memories linger ROBYN AINSWORTH editor The Eelam Tamil Association holds a rally at Burwood Park to mark 25 years of hostilities in Sri Lanka. ABOUT 100 members of the Tamil community braved the cold to hold a peaceful protest in Burwood Park marking 25 years since the beginning of hostilities in Sri Lanka. The event -- ''Black July 1983 -- Remembering the 1983 holocaust of Tamils in Sri Lanka'' -- was held last Friday and addressed by Burwood Mayor John Faker who reflected on the multicultural nature of Inner West society and the need for tolerance. Messages were read out on be- half of Federal Labor MPs John Murphy (Lowe) and Laurie Ferguson (Reid). The Sydney Tamil Catholic As- sociation choir sang for the crowd and a peace petition was circu- lated. The Inner-West Weekly had been invited to attend by Victor Rajakulendran of the Eelam Tamil Association. The event was in stark contract to one held earlier in the month at Mason Park, Homebush, when members of the community staged a loud and colourful display called Pongu Tamil. That event -- reported by the Inner-West Weekly last week -- raised money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. The Weekly has since been inun- dated with letters from readers which show the stark divide in the tiny island nation. Many letter writers praise the Weekly for its ''bravery'' in expos- ing the practices of some sectors of the Tamil community. Almost as many condemned the Weekly for perceived bias in re- porting. Among those, some made it clear that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, comparing the situation in Sri Lanka with that of Rwanda and the Sudan. Most of those letters appear on our website at www.innerwest weekly.com.au and a selection appear on Page 4 today. In opening Friday's event, Cr Faker said: ''I know that all Aust- ralians, no matter where they were born, live their lives in a peaceful and harmonious way. ''But it's also appropriate that we remember both our heritage and our homelands and to pay tribute to the memory of those who have suffered.'' Mr Naganathan, a survivor of the dark days in 1983, said: ''It was a traumatic experience. I wit- nessed acts of murder, deaths and other criminal acts.'' Bill Young at the memorial. Horror camp Diggers' day A MEMORIAL service will be held on Sunday at 11am at Burwood Park to remember those who served and sacrificed their lives in Sandakan in Borneo. Sandakan is considered one of the worst wartime experiences during World War II. Bill Young, 83, the only sur- vivor among his friends at the ''dreadful'' Sandakan prisoner-of- war camp, will attend the service. Mr Young joined the army at 15, not knowing that journey would later claim the lives of more than 1700 of his peers. The Sandakan ceremony has been taking place in Burwood Park for 15 years. Homebush Boys High drum corps will open the service at 11am, followed by the mounting of the guard from the Australian armed forces re-enactment heri- tage unit. There will be book readings and the ceremony will close with prayers and a final blessing guided by the Rev Father Joe Camilleri. Burwood Council encourages the public to attend the service and enjoy a free barbecue served by the Lions Club. Permanence is built on 30+ years of industry leadership and success stories Visit us at www.permanence.com.au We invite you for a FREE 1/2 Hour consultation valued at $60. Call us today on: Embarrassed by ugly unwanted hair? Want a permanent hair solution that's not laser and guarantees to get rid of your unwanted hair forever? You are not alone! 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