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Single sentence demonises all Tamils

October 24, 2009

The Australian : Letters to the Editor

I REFER to your leader on the asylum-seeker issue (“Hard work ahead to cope with refugees”, 22/10). An otherwise fair comment has been marred by a sweeping statement in your last paragraph. In a single sentence you have demonised 80 million Tamils worldwide. Remember, it was only a few hundred members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or the “Black Tigers”, who perfected the art of sucide bombing. Would you have made the same generalisation about the Irish?

Selva Kumar
Beaumont Hills, NSW

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