Wednesday, March 25, 2009


For Immediate Release: March 25, 2009

Contact: Nikolaos Taneris, New York, Tel. 1-917-699-9935

NEW YORK—The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) is pleased to report that
Hellenic Revolution day was celebrated early this year in a get together in
Brooklyn, New York together with the Phil-Hellenes of Nuovo Patria Meridionale
(New Southern Homeland), along with the growing Hellenic League of America HLA.
The celebration of Hellenic Revolution was a historic happening , made public
through face book with the call by Hellenic League of America HLA Leader Ioannis
Fidanakis to “join us as we start celebrating Hellenic Independence Day alittle
early this year. Rather then waiting until the official date of March 25th,
we've decided to follow in the foot steps of those revolutionaries that just
couldn't wait to taste freedom and began the war of liberation with the seige of
Kalamata on March 21 1821.” The report on the HLA celebration in Brooklyn last
Saturday , written by Giovanni di Napoli, is quoted below, following a statement
by CANA leader Nikolaos Taneris and HLA Leader Ioannis Fidanakis.

1) Today, we stand united in remembering our National progenitors , the Hellenic
Revolutionaries who in Mani, my mother’s land, set forth to begin a liberation
struggle against the most barbaric oppressors that have every stained human
history, the Turks and their Ottoman Empire. The entire countryside was up in
arms, and even women and the elderly did their part to march to face an enemy
with a seemingly endless supply of men and ammunition from the depths of Asia
and North Africa.

The lessons of 1821 were the same lessons our Nation learned in the Balkan Wars
, in the Struggles against the Persians in Ancient times, and the 1897 war for
Cretaan independence and the EOKA struggle of 1955-1959—it is that it’s not a
“securitate” of paid mercenaries and hired security forces that ever won our
struggles. Our struggles were fought and won by the Hellenic people, who with
indomitable spirit and sacrifice stood up for our Nation, our homes, our land,
our family, our history our way of life.

The Mass Murderer of Hellenism in Asia Minor, the so-called “Ataturk” was quoted
as saying “the only thing we have to fear is if the Greeks ever unite” The
barbarians know that the allure of riches and comforts, will always turn a few
nightmares, like the ancient “Efialtes” who will side with the enemy for he
cannot live up to the Hellenic glory that comes from self less sacrifice.

Today those Efialtes are prevelant in the establishment that looks the other way
as Turks penetrate Aegean air space every single day, as Turks spend millions of
dollars in American academia and in Congress’s corridors and worldwide to negate
their crimes against Hellenism and all humanity, or make Thrace and Cyprus
somehow “Turkish” .

Young Greek-Americans today are allured by the connections and wealth used by
the Turks to dazzle and seduce those weak and ineffectual men and women who
staff US State Department posts and their allies. The Hellenic world has known
many a “Gregory Makris” who do their part to spread Turkish propaganda under the
guise of “friendship” , or in the name of “ending the isolation of the Turkish
Cypriots” Or of “Terry Netos” or “John Sitilides” and many like them who eat
with “silver spoons from both sides”

Our path is the path of resistance. There is no country in recorded history
whose borders have remained unchanged. Mighty empires have come and gone.
Likewise, the Republic of Turkey will not have the same borders forever. No one
knows what can happen in the next 30 years or 300 years, Hellenism we must
remind its offspring for generations to come that those lands which were
unjustly stolen from them will eventually return to their rightful owners.

The just demand for the recovery of our historic lands can disappear once
Hellenes lose all hope and unilaterally give up their dream. This is why we
struggle to keep alive the Remembrance of the Crime of Turkish Invasion in
Cyprus every July 20th, this is why in Washington DC we protest outside the
gates of Turkish Embassy this year, for the third year in a row, we must join
with our brothers in London, in Athens and in free Cyprus to demand “TURKEY

The thousands of missing people, the graves from the Palekythro massacre, the
missing from the village of Strongylos, the dead of Ammochostos of Kyrenia, the
17 who were slaughtered by Turkish Anti-Cypriots and thrown down the well and
covered up with rocks near St. Hilarion castle, and all those tied and bound for
Adana prison in Turkey, all those who were marched off into Anatolia and used
for barbaric scientific experiments by their Turk captors. The families of
Solomou and Issac, killed at Dhyrenia in 1996,and the anonymous 19 year old in
Cyprus in 1974 whose hands were tied yet he still managed to spit into the face
of his murderer-- the Turkish TV star Olgac’s face. All our martyrs demand

This is why we celebrate March 25th, 1821, the day marking the Hellenic
Revolution because it reminds us that we can win.

With Love of Cyprus, Nikolaos Taneris
Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA)

2) March 25 th symbolizes not only Greek independence from 400 years of Turkish
slavery, it also marks an important turning point in the Hellenic struggle that
continues to this very day in our occupied lands of Anatoliki (Eastern) Thraki,
Cyprus and Vorios (Northern) Epirus, we the HLA celebrate this day in
collaboration with other Hellenic patriotic organizations and continue in the
Klephtic spirit for freedom and equality for all Ethnic Greeks worldwide.

Ioannis Fidanakis, (

Leader of Hellenic League of America HLA


3) NPA Attend Greek Independence Celebration

SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2009 — In solidarity with the Hellenic League of America
members of the up and coming organization Nuovo Patria Meridionale (New Southern
Homeland) and Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) gathered at a local café
in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York, to celebrate the anniversary of the Greek
uprising against Ottoman tyranny.

Jubilant attendees, sporting Greek and Sicilian flags, warmly received the
events fiery speakers who payed homage to the revolutionaries that began the War
of Liberation. There was much cheer and merrymaking as the celebrants enjoyed
authentic Greek cuisine and spirits in honor of the valiant men and women of
Hellas. Yours truly was lucky enough to win the door prize, a copy of Marjorie
Housepian Dobkin's book, Smyrna 1922. (Read the entire entry here):

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