Tamil Tiger Anton Balasingham-Open Letter to Derek Lee, Liberal Party
MP Scarborough-Rouge River Riding
Asoka Weerasinghe Canada
December 22, 2006
Derek Lee, Liberal Party MP Scarborough-Rouge River Riding
Dear Derek Lee:
Your condolatory eulogy for Tamil Tiger Anton Balasingham at his
funeral service in Toronto is troublesome. Then, of course, you are
a Liberal and I shouldnt have expected anything different.
For a Canadian politician who is too quick at the draw to admonish
international human rights violators, especially in Sri Lanka, this
90 degree turn around just to appease your Tamil constituents takes
Derek, here is what you did not know about Anton Balasingham which
should turn your stomach inside out.
Anton Balasingham should have been charged at the Hague for his war
crimes. Here is his case.
When the talks between the Tamil Tigers and President Premadasa were
about to collapse, orders went out not to counter the Tamil Tiger
attacks on the police stations in the eastern province but to surrender
to them. The idea was to save the talks from collapse. The assurance
of the safety of the policemen was given to Sri Lankas Justice
Minister A.C.S.Hameed who was also the Chairman of the North-East
Peace Committee by Anton Balasingham At that meeting Anton Balasinghams
wife Adele too was present together with Yogeswaran Yogi, Dominic
Once the policemen surrendered to the Tamil Tiger terrorists they
took over nine police stations in the Batticaloa and Amparai Districts
Kalmunai, Samanthurai, Akkaripattu, Pottuvil, Kalkudah, Valachchnai,
Eravur, Vellaveli and Kalawanchikudi.
Derek, you have been to Sri Lanka, and I believe you visited the
east too and you know the geography. Take a map and identify these
places and you will realize what a swath of territory they took over
without triggering a single gun shot having cheated President Premadasa,
who unfortunately believed in Anton Balasingham. All this happened
on the night of Monday, June 11, 1990.
Around 700 policemen surrendered to the Tamil Tigers on government
orders after the assurance given by the lead Tamil Terrorist, Anton
Balasingham that they would not be harmed. By now you may have expected
Anton Balasingham, whom you felt deserved your condolence in the presence
of your Tamil friends and constituents, to be an honourable man, and
in your eyes a peace maker. But then, Derek, for one unsuspecting
moment, you let a fact slip your mind. This man aligned with the Tamil
Tiger credo was an outright terrorist. And here is what happened to
the 700 policemen with his connivance.
A young policeman who was shot by Balasinghams Tamil Tiger
terrorists that night and left for dead among the bodies of his colleagues
said that he crawled into the jungle and hid while the next batch
of policemen were brought and were shot dead.
The policeman was Piyaratna Ranaweera attached to the Kalmunai Police
station. According to him the policemen who had surrendered were blindfolded,
and the Tamil Tigers took their watches and wallets, gave them water
and tied their hands behind their backs They were then taken in three
buses to a terrorist camp at Thirukovil in the Amparai district. Around
midnight they took us in three batches into the jungle, lined us all
up and made us lie on the ground face down and they opened fire with
T-56 rifles. Then they held a torch to our heads and if they heard
a cry they shot again, he said.
Derek, you may wonder what I have been smoking to cook up this stomach-somersaulting
horror story or whether I have been hallucinating.
Neither! This was reported by the Associated Press in Canadas
Globe and Mail of Friday, June 15,1990. I didn't want to quote reports
from the Sri Lankan newspapers in case you think that they are unreliable.
And you Liberals will never learn when it comes to the Tamil Tigers.
Then, of course, to hear Jim Karysgiannis doing his thing and instigating
the Tamils to write to the Prime Minister and President of Sri Lanka
as well as lobby the Conservative government, is not only annoying
it is laughable. Here is a Liberal politician who did not believe
that Quebec is a nation within a nation and yet wants the Tamils to
have their own nation within a puny island the size of the Province
of New Brunswick. Strange! Jim who has been pimping for the Tamil
Tigers for the past two decades, will no doubt carry on his separatist
act to snare every single Tamil vote in his Scarborough-Agincourt
riding. He has been good at his cunning wanting to hang on to his
22,575 voters of which a good percentage are Tamils.
I hope this story will prick your conscience somewhat, for having
eulogized the ruthless Tamil Tiger terrorist Anton Balasingham. Take
a moment to think about it, and stop being so heartless letting these
rascals keep killing the innocent civilians, that not only includes
the Sinhalese, but also their own Tamil brethren and Muslims. There
is more to defend the right to life than wanting a vote to re-enter
By the way, Anton Balasinghams Australian wife Adele, also
was the Tamil Tigress Matha (mother) who trained young girls and women
to turn out to be cyanide necklaced killers and suicide bombers. And
President Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated by a Tamil Tiger suicide
bomber during the May Day rally in 1993.
Wishing you Peace in this Holiday Season.