Another two students attacked in Pendle Hill, Sydney
Posted on May 22nd, 2009

Interview of Asoka Subhawickrama in ABC News Radio in Australia on LTTE Tamil Tiger attack on two Sinhalese International Students in Sydney

Sydney acid attackers still at large – The Tamil community in Sydney is being urged to help police find those responsible for a violent home invasion and assault on two Sinhalese men on Sunday. The Sinhalese men in their 20s remain in hospital where they are being treated for burns they suffered when a group of men threw acid at them in their Westmead home. Police have set up a strike force to investigate the attack, but so far they have made no arrests. Tamil community leader Dr Mano Mohan says he wants his people to cooperate with police. “I don’t think anyone should withhold any information,” he said. “We are grateful to this country for letting us come here to live. “We’ve been able to sleep peacefully. Our children have had good education. Most of us have tertiary educations and we’re professionals. “So this is not in our blood to do this.” Meanwhile, a leader of Sydney‘s Sinhalese community is urging people to celebrate the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka with respect for the feelings of Tamil Tigers supporters. The Sri Lankan Government has declared victory over the rebels in the conflict that lasted almost 30 years. The events sparked a brawl in Sydney‘s west on Sunday, hours before the Westmead home invasion. Asoka Subhawickrama says his people are happy about the outcome in their homeland, but they should be sensitive in their celebrations. “In our motherland, Sri Lanka, the guns are silent,” he said. “And it’s a moment of happiness for us. “However, there may be others who believe otherwise. They have that freedom to do that. “I would urge the Sri Lankan community to avoid situations where you could be victimised, you could be assaulted.” (Full report in ABC News).

Sri Lankan community leaders appeal for calm – Tamil and Sinhalese leaders joined police in a display of unity on Wednesday following a violent home invasion on Sunday which left two men in hospital. Sinhalese men Chathuika Weerasinghe, 27, and Jayasri Watawala, 22, are in a stable condition after at least five men smashed their way into a Westmead home late on Sunday. The pair was doused with acid during the attack and also suffered other injuries …..ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Sinhalese people in Sydney were living in fear, with some asking for police protection, community leader Asoka Subhawickrama said. However, he acknowledged the Tamils’ right to rally. “These few people who want to demonstrate, they have the liberty to demonstrate,” he said (Full details in ABC World News)

LTTE IN SYDNEY GETS VIOLENT AND THROW ACID AT TWO SINHALESE STUDENTS AND DOCTORS SAY ONE MIGHT GO BLIND – By Walter Jayawardhana – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supporters got so infuriated by the fall of their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in Sydney West ,Australia , entered the house of two Sinhalese students and threw acid at them. The two students Chathurika and Jayasiri got severely burnt and doctors of Jayasiri has told the relatives that Jayasiri might lose his eyesight. The victims have told police that the attackers were screaming in Tamil while attacking them. A third one in the house has escaped the attack by hiding. The Tamils entered the house by smashing glass panes of the entrance and they have also damaged the furniture of the house before leaving. According to sourc3es the Sinhalese held a victory celebration for the defeat of Velupillai Prabhakharan at a public park. There had been a clash between the parties at the park. But the victims of the attack had nothing to do with the victory celebrations or the clash between the parties. They were working students and had been at work during those happenings. Sources said they had been selected to attack on a racist basis as they were Sinhalese (eom).

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