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News: THE 91st PONTIAN GREEK GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION IN NEW YORK

News: THE 91st PONTIAN GREEK GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION IN NEW YORK

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2010

NEW YORK--May 19th, the international day of remembrance for the Pontian Greek Genocide will be commemorated in New York City with a public event and flag raising of the Pontian Greek flag and the flag of Greece in Manhattan’s Bowling Green Park (corner of State Street and Broadway), the commemoration event is organized by the Pan Pontian Federation of USA and CANADA and the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. The commemoration event will include speeches by Greek and Greek American dignitaries and leaders, American elected public officials, writers, intellectuals, anti-genocide activists and representatives of the Armenian American and Assyrian American communities.

WHEN: May 19th, 2010 12Noon-1PM

WHERE: Bowling Green Park (corner of Broadway and State Street in Lower Manhattan) NEW YORK CITY

WHY: To honor Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day, May 19th.

This year’s Pontian Greek Genocide commemoration will also honor the Swedish Ambassador for the recent recognition by the Swedish Parliament of Genocide of Armenians, Assyrians and Pontian Greeks.

The Pontian Greek Genocide has been recognized by Greece, Cyprus and recently Sweden. In the United States numerous states and cities, including New York, have recognized the Pontian Greek Genocide by resolutions or proclamations. The leading scholarly body of Genocide Scholars the IAGS (International Association of Genocide Scholars) has also recognized the Pontian Greek Genocide. Numerous events are held around the world commemorating May 19th, the international day of remembrance for the Pontian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government, the Young Turks, and Kemalist Turkey directly under the rule of Mustafa Kemal. Turkey’s genocidal campaign of systematic persecutions ,massacres, deportations, rapes and burnings of villages resulting in the murder of the ancient Hellenic civilization of Pontus on the southeast coast of the Black sea—was initiated by the Ottoman Turkish government during World War I and continued into the nationalist era of Kemalist Turkey, and was carried out under the command of various Turkish government leaders --such as Talaat Pasha who today has a major thoroughfare named in his honor in Angora, Mustafa Kemal today honored as ‘father of the Turks’ ,and Topal Osman (leader of irregulars called Chetes whose specific job was the rape and massacre of women, children and the elderly) today honored by Turkey with statues in his likeness in our Pontus homeland. Turkey today denies responsibility for this crime.

In Canada the Pan Pontian Federation USA and CANADA will join a diverse group of organizations in the month of May in the anti-Genocide event “United We Rock”, to learn more visit the site: www.unitedwerockconcert.com.

Please download PDF copy of the Pan Pontian Federation USA and CANADA invitation for the New York event in the following link: http://cyprusactionnetwork.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Invitation_May_19_2010_english1.115122745.pdf

Please place the invitation in visible areas, and pass it on to family and friends.

On Wednesday May 19th at 7:30 pm at Stathakion Center, 22-51 29 Street, Astoria, NY 11105 there will be a Speech by Mrs Fanoulla Argyrou, Greek-Cypriot researcher, journalist and author coming from London entitled " From the Greek-Pontian genocide to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus" in Greek.

Mrs. F. Argyrou is specialised in the study of the British official released Foreign Office documents on Cyprus with an experience of well over 20 years on the matter. Has written 8 books, numerous studies, speeches in conferences, hundreds of articles in the Greek Cypriot press in Cyprus and is an associate writer with London based newspapers “Ta Nea”, “Eleftheria” and “Simerini” in Cyprus as well as others and Radio Proto in Cyprus.

For further information, media inquires and to RSVP please contact: dmolohides@panpontian.org

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