Vanni pays homage to 'Voice of the Nation' Balasingham

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 December 2006, 11:05 GMT]
"Anton Balasingham bore the cross for the liberation of Eelam Tamils," said Puthuvai Iratnathurai, the Poet and the head of the Cultural Organisation of Tamileelam, addressing the mourners at Kilinochchi where LTTE Commander Col. Theepan hoisted the Tamileelam flag at half mast. "Bala Annai, when he visited Vanni last, told me that he wished to breathe his last in an Independent homeland," Puthuvai told the gathering. "We will support our Nation's leader, paving the way for the freedom of our nation, fulfilling Bala Annai's wish."

Vanni pays homage
Vanni pays homage
Commander Col. Theepan


Events paying homage to late Anton Balasingham were held simultaneously at Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and other areas in Vanni as his funeral was being held at Alexandra Palace in north London Wednesday.

"Our nation has lost the wise guide who was with our National leader in many of his enterprises," Mr. Puthuvai Ratnathurai said.

The procession, with the vehicle bearing the image of late Anton Balasingham, beginning from the portals of Kilinochchi Murugan Temple around 5:00 p.m and accompanied by percussion band, reached Kilinochchi Karachchi Predesha Sabai where a stage was specially constructed for the event.

Vanni pays homage
Rev. Joseph
Vanni pays homage


Thousands of people from all walks of life participated in the procession and the event.

Head of the Justice and Administration division of Tamil Eelam Mr. Para, lit the principal flame while LTTE's Northern Front Forces' Commander Col. Theepan, hoisted the Tamil Eelam flag at half mast.

Col. Theepan garlanded the photograph of late Anton Balasingham and lit the lamp in front of it.

Kalaivanan, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Kilinochchi District Head of Political Section, addressed the mourners.

Rev. Joseph and Teacher Pahirathi made the tribute speeches in memory of late Anton Balasingham.

Homage was paid to the 'Voice of the Nation' Anton Balasingham also at Puthukudiyiruppu, Mallavi and Madu.

Vanni pays homage

 

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