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Assyrians Protest in Sydney for Genocide Recogn...

May-02-2010 at 00:45 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)


Hundreds of Assyrians Protest in Sydney for Genocide Recognition
Photo: Raymond Elishapour (AssyriaTimes)

Hundreds of Assyrians Protest in Sydney for Genocide Recognition
by Raymond Elishapour
http://www.assyriatimes.com

Hundreds of people had amassed outside the Turkish consulate this morning, divided by press and Police protesting both for the recognition of the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide and its denial.

Armenians, Assyrians and other Human Rights Activists brought signs and their voices to the Sydney suburb of Woollahra -- protesting against atrocities committed during the early 20th century. The issue was the genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire against (a reported) two and a half million people made up of predominantly Armenian, Assyrian and Greek people.

The opposition to the genocide recognition included anti-Armenian chants, jeering and attempts to provoke the demonstrators into retaliation. Though separated by a strong police presence, Turkish, flag-bearing deniers took to insisting that this first group was lying, that there was no evidence and more summarily and inflammatorily that the fathers of those that were demonstrating were Turks (possibly alluding the rape of women and children during the same, alleged genocide). It seemed relatively evident that there was little substance to the Turkish denial, whose entire presence reveled in chanting slander, inciting violent retaliation and otherwise ridiculing the attempts at pressing the cause for recognition and acceptance of the otherwise forgotten genocide of 1915 -- 1920, encompassing Seyfo.

If anything this demonstration reflects a resurgence of consideration of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocide in contemporary world politics, as progressively there is pressure being placed upon the Turkish state to consider its history and in a sense "come clean."

The evidence is clear however, that Turkey both nationally and abroad is intent on denying and avoiding liability and admission of the genocide.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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