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Assyrian Genocide Monument in Australia Vandalized Again

by Hermiz Shahen — Deputy Secretary General, Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA).

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM UT


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2nd Vandalism
Assyrian Genocide Monument
 vandalized again in Bonnyrigg Park, Bonniyrigg, Australia, April 05, 2012. Photo: Hermiz Shahen

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1st Vandalism
Assyrian Genocide Monument vandalized in Bonnyrigg Park, Bonniyrigg, Australia, August 29, 2010. Photo: Hermiz Shahen

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Assyrian Genocide Monument restored in Bonnyrigg Park, Bonniyrigg, Australia, April 07, 2012. Photo: Hermiz Shahen

The Assyrian Universal Alliance would like to thank all those who sent messages of support during the recent vandalism on the Assyrian Genocide Monument in Bonnyrigg Park, Bonnyrigg, Australia, on April 5th, 2012.

The monument was dedicated on August 7th, 2010, to the memory of over 750,000 Assyrians that perished during one of the worst genocide against the Assyrian Nation during WWI, 1914-1923, perpetrated by Ottoman Turkey.


Plaque Statement:

THIS MEMORIAL STATUE IS DEDICATED TO THE VICTIMS OF THE 

ASSYRIAN GENOCIDE (SEYFO) IN WW1 1914-1918, SIMELE MASSACRE 1933 AND ONWARDS

May this remembrance be a blessing to the world by increasing awareness to fight the evils of genocide in a brotherly spirit and by initiating international awareness of the Assyrian nation's rights to existence among the nations of the world.

DEDICATED BY 

THE ASSYRIAN UNIVERSAL ALLIANCE AND THE ASSYRIAN COMMUNITY 

7TH AUGUST 2010/6760


A mere two weeks after the historic commemoration, the monument was vandalized on the weekend of August 29, 2010.

On September 10, 2010, the Assyrian community restored the monument by removing the graffiti and replacing the stolen and missing signage.

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As mentioned earlier, the monument was vandalized for the second time on April 5th, 2012

On April 07, 2012, the Assyrian community came together again to restore the monument.

The Assyrian-Australian community, like other communities residing in Australia, is entitled to remember these victims of genocide with dignity and without hindrance from vandals. We explicitly condemn the vandalism of the monument and memorial plaque and call upon the relevant authorities to investigate the matter hastily.

We promise our nation that nothing can stop us from marching toward gaining recognition of what this nation has lost and for the rights of our nation to live in peace and prosperity on our ancestral homeland.

We will work hand in hand with the Armenian and the Greek for the worldwide recognition of the Assyrian, Armenian and Pontian-Greek Genocide.

God bless our Martyrs and the Sons and Daughters of Assyria.

Hermiz Shahen
Deputy Secretary General
Assyrian Universal Alliance



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