Participation at the 32nd Black July Remembrance Day in Scarborough
Posted on August 15th, 2015
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1
15 August 2015
Mr. Jack MacLaren, MPP
240 Michael Cowpland Drive, Suite 100,
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THIS LETTER ON THE TAMIL TIGERS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS IN CANADA
My Sri Lankan-Canadian friend Visita Leelaratna briefed me of your interest in Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil and Sinhalese strife, and the reconciliation that should be done to bring the two communities in Ottawa together, which has been, in my strong opinion, polarized by all three major political parties, the Conservatives, Liberals and the NDP. “Why?” you may ask. I will come to that later. It’s hideous and all wrapped in seeking the Tamil votes in the Greater Toronto Area by all three major parties. It is sickening.
My Canadian politics revolves around how well Canada treats my Motherland, Sri Lanka. I have been in Canada since 1968, and this is the first year in my life that I will not be voting for either of the three major parties, as I am disgusted the way Sri Lanka has been treated showing a bias towards the separatist Tamils in Canada, thus supporting their cause of founding their mythical mono-ethnic, racist, separate Tamil state, Eelam. Especially when we Canadians abhor the separatist Québécoise, wanting to break up Canada and form their French state, Quebec. Not right! What is good for the goose surely should be good for the gander is it not?
I had been a card carrying Conservative from the Reform days, through the days of the Canadian Alliance, and my mentor was Art Hanger, the former MP for Calgary Northeast from 1993-2008. I have made a conscious decision to never vote again for the Conservatives having witnessed the hissy-fits of Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotting the Commonwealth Conference held in Colombo. Having witnessed our former Foreign Minister, John Baird, doing his Nepean Jig at the UN’s Security Council meetings lambasting our sister Commonwealth country, Sri Lanka, for alleged human rights violations during the last five months of a ruthless 27 year long war and making a fool of himself. Having witnessed Jason Kenney going to Sri Lanka, and preaching on Human Rights violations to the Sri Lankan Government, when in fact, he was trying to convince them that ‘We are Holier than Thou” and got snickered at by the Sri Lankan Government because on that very day, that very hour, that very minute he was preaching to the Sri Lankan Government impersonating as ‘I am the son of the Canadian Preacher Man’, the First Nation peoples headed by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence were engaged in the “Idle No More’ protest against the Canadian Government for violating their Human Rights, not respecting their Treaty Rights and on their economic and social inequality, just a stone throw away from the Parliament Hill Office of Jason’s. What a fool! Having witnessed the embarrassing event when Deepak Obhrai representing Canada at the Commonwealth Conference in Sri Lanka, acted as a high-handed High School bully, when he laid a wreath at Elephant Pass where three Tamil Tiger battles took place, for the Tamils who died there during the battles, when he was requested by a Sri Lankan official not to do it. He didn’t recognize that the Eelam War was between two factions and the Sinhalese soldiers too died at battle. That was insensitive, that was crass, and that was Thuggish. He took a photographer with him to record that event and went straight to the Tamils in Toronto on his return to Canada, to report what he did for their cause. Almost saying “Hey! See what I did for you Tamils, now give the Conservatives your vote.” That is sick!
You said at the 32nd Black July Remembrance Day for Tamils in Scarborough, that “Rioting civilian mobs systematically attacked Tamil people in Sri Lanka for a week in 1983 from July 24 to 29th. Tamil business and homes were burned and people were raped and murdered. Tens of thousands of Tamils were left homeless. Thousands left Sri Lanka with nothing – to start new lives on other countries…This was the start of the civil war which lasted 26 years.”
You obviously spoke having listened to the Tamil Truth of this incident, thus exaggerating a lot and leaving quite a lot of important elements of what went on. The rape part of it, I am not sure as it is too easy to say, but difficult to prove. I am disappointed in you as that was a cheap shot below Sri Lanka’s belt.
Now that you have heard the TAMIL TRUTH, now listen to the SINHALESE-ASOKA WEERASINGHE’S FACTS.
- Yes, there was rioting from July 24th to the 29th of 1983, and the Tamils got the brunt of it. But what you did not say was that almost every Sinhalese household in Colombo took in Tamil families to keep them out of harms way. My family at Dematagoda, a suburb of Colombo, hid and looked after three Tamil families who were our neighbours for weeks. Will the Tamils tell you of this generosity of the Sinhalese in Colombo taking chances as they too would have been beaten to death by the angry Sinhalese mobs? AND THAT IS A FACT.
- You know what Jack, this riot didn’t erupt like a volcano suddenly. The billowing fires of discord were fanned by this minority Tamil community for donkey’s years going back to the early 1940s, terrorizing and chasing the Sinhalese from the North who had been living there for generations. And the Tamils ethnically cleansed 27,000 Sinhalese between 1971 and 1981. And the Tamils stoned and chased 400 Sinhalese lecturers and undergraduates from the Jaffna University campus on 13th August, 1977. Will the Tamils tell you that? Na! Of course not, when they are after your sympathy and seeking greener pastures, as 90 percent of the Tamil refugees were economic refugees, and 90% of these Tamil refugees wouldn’t have had a snowball chance in hell to get immigration if they tried to immigrate according to the Canadian Immigration Point system. AND THAT IS A FACT.
And ask these refugees why the heck they bypassed their Motherland, Tamil Nadu, the southern state of India, where 65 million of their Tamil kith and kin lived, and landed on Canadian soil saying they are refugees having been persecuted and discriminated by the majority Sinhalese. I am a Sinhalese-Buddhist. And this is why I resent lies. And do you know what Jack, I am on a Mission to guard the good name of Sri Lanka from being sullied unfairly, and it doesn’t matter even if it is our Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and the former Prime Ministers Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien, let alone the Canadian-Tamils, as I have told them so in my letters.
The litmus test of the honesty of the Convention Tamil refugees in Canada is that when they get their permanent residency and the Canadian passport, they buy the first plane ticket to jet their way to their country that they ran away from alleging persecution and discrimination by the majority Sinhalese to spend their holidays and visit their families and friends. So they took you and the other Tamil supporting parliamentarians for a ride along the garden path on a rickety cart held together with Band-Aids of Lies. And I laugh at all of you, for being so gullible and so foolish.
- The Tamils may be painting themselves as lily-white and that they are paragons of virtue when they whine into your ears about Sri Lanka and hiding FACTS. And that the Sinhalese are the villains of this unfortunate riot. Here’s what happened and you won’t hear this from a Tamil voice. Remember, they are lily-white and paragons of virtue and the innocent victims! Right, Jack. Telling the FACTS doesn’t fit in to their scheme of things to fool you all and become Canadian citizens. So now we have inherited and adopted a bunch of Tamil liars to become part of our pristine Canadian society. If they had come here admitting that they are ‘economic refugees’, I have absolutely no problem, at all. Don’t get me wrong. I rejoice And I will welcome them with open arms.
On the night of July 23rd, 1983, the Tamil Tiger terrorist Sellakili who had sworn to avenge the death of his Tamil Tiger comrade had made a careful study of the movements of the Sri Lankan Army patrols in the North. He deployed a platoon of about 25 Tamil Tiger terrorists in battle fatigues at Tinnaveli in the Jaffna peninsula on the Palali-Jaffna road, at a point where the road was dug up to install new telecommunication systems. In one such excavation they placed four mines. The plunger stolen from the Kankasanthurai Cement Factory was placed on the balcony of a nearby house. The wiring was then connected. Machine gun nests were placed near the exploder and across the road. These machine guns (SMG) were once the property of the Sri Lankan Government’s Chavakachcheri Police Station that the Tamil Tigers demolished in a lightening attack on 2nd July, 1982.
The main Tamil Tiger ‘killer squad’ and the ‘cut off party’ were located about 100 yards behind and on both sides of the road. Every body, including Sellakali were there armed with SMGs and repeater shot guns, T-56 Chinese assault rifles and a Made in India SLR.
At 11:38 on that evening the radio at Gurunagar crackled, “Four Four Bravo for Four Four. We are now leaving Urumpirai junction. Absolutely nothing to report. The town is very quiet.”
Within five minutes of leaving Urumpirai the Army convoy’s jeep was slowing down near Tinnaveli because of the obstruction on the road due to the installation of telecommunication equipment. As it was passing the excavation on the road, the exploder laid by the Tamil Tigers set off the mines with a thunderous explosion followed by a hail of machine gun fire on the Jeep and a bigger barrage on the half-truck carrying the army personnel. With that attack 13 of the army personnel of that convoy were killed. That included a 2nd/Lieutenant; a Sergeant; a Corporal; a L/corporal; and nine Privates. And thus ended patrol Four Four Bravo on July 23rd, 1983, ambushed by the Tamil Tigers.
The word got around all over Sri Lanka about the ambush at Thinnaveli and that was the last straw of the non-aggressive, passive Sinhalese community. That pulled the trigger of the powder keg that they were sitting on of their built up and dormant anger, who had been taking horrendous insults and mental and physical abuse by the Tamil Tigers and other separatist Tamils up North and East through the years.
The thirteen caskets of the dead soldiers arrived at the General cemetery at Kanatte in Colombo for a military burial with honours which was the epicenter of the anger that turned into an angry riot against the Tamils in Colombo and there was another in Jaffna.
And that is the FACT of what exactly happened. And the Canadian-Tamils have no moral right to paint themselves as a bunch of lily-whites and victimized paragons of virtue. And that riot was a God send for the 300,000 Tamils from all over Sri Lanka who bought a plane ticket to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to land on Canadian soil saying that they were running away from persecution and discrimination and that they had no travel documents as the legitimate passports that they used to get on the plane with the single word A-B-R-A-C-A-D-A-B-R-A got torn and disappeared in the toilets. I say it’s a bunch of baloney hanging from a Deli stall in Ottawa’s ByWard Market.
Jack, to be honest, this minority Tamils were a privileged minority back in Ceylon/Sri Lanka, much more than our First Nation peoples. And those indigenous Canadians living in remote Reserves would move heaven and earth to exchange places with the Tamils in Sri Lanka. And that is A FACT.
With all the ballyhoo of the 32nd Rememberance Day of the Sri Lankan ‘Black July’ in Scarborough, you must be having the impression that the capital Colombo is a fiery Hell Hole for the Tamils. Wrong! These Tamils are thriving sucking on the economic-blood of the majority Sinhalese (75%). Isn’t it amazing that 40% of the population of the capital Colombo which was the epicenter of the riots 32 years ago is where the Tamils are living happily ever after, some inter-marrying with the once hated Sinhalese. In Wellawatte, a suburb of Colombo and its Rothwell Heights, 75% of its prime and most expensive real estate are owned by Tamils. The one mile long shopping-drag in the Pettah in Colombo, every three out of four shops are owned by either the Tamils or Muslims and patronized by the majority Sinhalese. There you find the best of Tamil pure gold jewellery stores, sari emporiums, pharmacies, hardware stores, eateries, spice grocery shops, you name it and you could find it along the Main Street in the Pettah in the heart of Colombo. Your Tamil constituents aren’t telling you this, do they? Why should they when they have got you and politicians like Patrick Brown caught in their lying pincers. It is time that you take a step back and think about what I have related. They are all FACTS, and no Tamil will be prepared to challenge me in a public debate. If they do, I will be happy to take them on anytime and you can be the Moderator.
- Now to why I have a strong opinion that it were the three major political parties – Conservative, Liberals and the NDP who polarized the Sinhalese and Tamil communities in Canada.
I have already spoken of Stephen Harper, John Baird, Jason Kenney, and Deepak Obrahi’s derisive acts thrashing Sri Lanka about alleged human rights violations against the Tamils and not a word of the Tamil Tigers human rights violations against the Sinhalese, who took away their most precious human right of right-to-life with claymore-mines, suicide bombs, and Kalashnikov explosions, et cetera, killing them instantly and shredding their body parts, heads, hearts, limbs, bones and flesh into smithereens.
The Liberals who under Jean Chretien and Paul Martin let the Tamils collect two million dollars a month for 13 long years, to stuff the Tamil Tiger war-chest to buy sophisticated war killing weapons to kill the innocent Sinhalese.
How the Liberals supported Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka when two cabinet Ministers, Paul Martin (Finance) and Maria Minna (CIDA) and several back benchers like Jim Karygiannis, patronized a $60-a plate fund raising dinner for the Tamil Tigers on 6 May 2000, organized by the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT) a front organization of the Tamil Tigers. How they allowed the Canadian-Tamil supporters of Eelam in 1994 cut a cheque for $7.5 million from an account of a Tamil from a bank in Vancouver to buy 50 tons of TNT and 10 tons of RDX explosive materials from the Rubezone Ukraine Chemical factory, which were used in a truck-bomb to bring down the Central Bank Building in the financial district of Colombo on 31st January 1996 killing 114, and maiming for life another 1,338 innocent people, and I could go on and on and on;
And the NDP by habouring a Tamil Tiger terrorist supporter in their caucus, and Jack Layton calling for an Emegency Debate in parliament on 4 February 2009, which I called the ‘Canada’s Tamil Tiger Blarney Gong Show.’ They talked a lot of piffle, while Tamils were sardine packed in the Chamber Gallery. The Sinhalese like myself were ignored to get the opposite opinion of the Eelam Issue. I can well understand this muggish Canadian politics, because the Sinhalese Sri Lankan-Canadians couldn’t match the voting numbers as would the Canadian-Tamils who want to claim 33% of the Sri Lanka’s territory bordered by 66% of the coast line for a population of 12.6% Tamils. And these are FACTS.
- Just one last FACT that you ought to note. Sri Lanka has been accused of ‘genocide’ of the Tamils. During the Special Emergency Parliamentary Debate on Sri Lanka called by Jack Layton on February 4, 2009, which I called the Canadian Tamil Tiger Blarney Gong Show, the Liberal Party’s Terrible Five – Derek Lee, Robert Oliphant, Judy Sgro, Jim Karygiannis and Albina Guaneiri, charged Sri Lanka of Genocide. But they didn’t prove with any evidence of such genocide. You know Jack, talk is cheap, and sometimes they can be nauseating. This was one such incident.
I wasn’t sure how this Liberal’s Terrible Five would reconcile with the FACT that at the end of the Eelam War, by 19 May 2009, the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, the alleged ‘Genocide’ enforces saved 295,873 Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tiger terrorists who used them as a human shield for 30 months herding them like unwashed cattle under a hot tropical sun from the west coast to the east coast.
I cannot see how this ‘Liberal’s Terrible Five’ the accusers of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Genocide, explain why the Sri Lankan Government showed their compassion by saving the 295,873 Tamils from the Tamil Tigers but also housed them in refugee camps and sustained them by feeding them daily with three hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners for almost three years. The Sri Lankan Government prepared a million meals a day and the majority of the people who prepared the meals were from the majority Sinhalese community, that the Tamil refugees ran away from to land their feet on Canadian soil. Hmmmmm….. a little fishy, isn’t it, Jack? Tamil Genocide, my foot!
So you have now been exposed to Tamil lies by the Sinhalese Asoka Weerasinghe’s FACTS.
After 30 years of my involvement with this file which made me write 1,800 articles and letters to the Editor of newspapers across Canada, Canadian parliamentarians, and International Sri Lanka Watchers, I retired from this file on August 4, 2013. However, I will certainly make myself available to meet with you to discuss this subject. If you wish to, you may contact our mutual friend Visita to make such an arrangement.
I swear that my strength is honesty. And the Tamil separatist’s couldn’t muzzle me with their threats to blow my face off the earth if I didn’t stop talking about them, nor did their threat to blow up the 15 storey Centennial Building at 200 Kent Street on June 24, 1987, because I was working on the 14th floor in Communications of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. It was a major security concern for the Ottawa Police. Nor did I fade away due to their threats through their Toronto lawyers that they would sue me for defamation.
Jack, I repeat, my strength is telling the TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH on this file.
With all good wish,