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Assyrian Genocide Monument in Australia Vandalized

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 05:41 PM CT


SBS television coverage of Assyrian Genocide Monument vandalism  (2 min.)

Assyrian Memorial Vandalised
by The Fairfield Champion
August 30, 2010 at 11:09 AM

A memorial dedicated to the Assyrian genocide during World War One has been desecrated just weeks after it was officially unveiled.

The monument, on the corner of Smithfield Road and Elizabeth Drive, was unveiled on August 7 after a planning and approval process marred by controversy.

Vandals attacked the $70,000 memorial over the weekend, spray-painting offensive slogans on it.

A war memorial in Fairfield Park, dedicated to Australian and Assyrian soldiers who fought together, was also vandalised with a mixture of concrete and paint.

See Wednesday's Champion for more details.


Assyrian Genocide Monument Vandalized
by Assyrian Universal Alliance, Australia Chapter
Member, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)

Assyrian Genocide Monument in the suburb of Fairfield, Sydney, Australia.

For Immediate Release

Sydney – 30 August, 2010

The Assyrian genocide monument, a memorial to the nearly 750,000 Assyrians murdered by Turkey’s Ottoman Government during World War I was vandalized over the weekend of August 29. The 1914-1918 genocide perpetrated against the Christian population of Anatolia which also claimed the lives of one and half million Armenians and thousands of Pontic Greeks is a shameful act committed by the Ottoman Empire in its final years.

The Assyrian Universal Alliance strongly condemns this act and demands that the perpetrators be brought to justice. We urge everyone to remain calm and refrain from passing judgment on any specific group of people, holding them responsible for this reprehensible conduct. We call upon the authorities to be diligent in identifying the responsible parties, helping to calm the situation.

We assure everyone that the Assyrian Universal Alliance will see to it that the monument is restored to its original state regardless of how many times it is vandalized.

Assyrian Universal Alliance - Australia Region
PO Box 34, Fairfield NSW 1860 Australia
E-mail: auaaustralia [ a t ] optusnet.com.au
 
Assyrian Genocide Monument in the suburb of Fairfield, Sydney, Australia.


'Genocide' monument vandalised
by World News Australia, SBS Staff and agencies, 30 August 2010 at 14:05

Uproar over 'genocide' monument
by Ron Sutton, 04 Aug 2010

The memorial opened earlier this month, to controversy and elevated racial tensions between Turkish and Assyrian communities. (Fairfield Champion)
A Sydney memorial dedicated to the alleged Assyrian genocide during World War One has been vandalised with offensive slogans overnight.

A Sydney memorial dedicated to the alleged Assyrian genocide during World War one has been vandalised.

According to the Fairfield Champion, vandals spray-painted offensive slogans on the memorial overnight.

The memorial opened earlier this month, to controversy and elevated racial tensions between Turkish and Assyrian communities.

In December of last year Turkish ambassador Oguz Ozge warned that the decision to allow the $70,000 memorial jeopardised Australia's relationship with Turkey and threatened to divide the community.

The Fairfield Champion has also reported that a war memorial in Fairfield Park, dedicated to Australian and Assyrian soldiers, was also vandalised with a mixture of concrete and paint.


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