'All night vigil in Washington D.C. to mourn the missing and murdered Cypriots
of the barbaric Turkish invasion of July 20, 1974’
WHEN: SUNDAY JULY 19, 2009 6pm-MONDAY JULY 20, 2009 12 noon
WHERE: SHERIDAN CIRCLE, WASHINGTON, D.C.
(23rd St. NW & Massachusetts Ave. NW, across from the Turkish Ambassador's
July 20, 2009
On July 20, 1974, a terrible wrong was done to the people of the island of
Cyprus. The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) will be having an 'All night
vigil in Washington D.C. to mourn the missing and murdered Cypriots of the
barbaric Turkish invasion of July 20, 1974’,in Sheridan Circle facing the
bedroom window of the Turkish Ambassador on the eve of July 20th, 2009.
As a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus, 1619* Greek-Cypriots were
reported as missing. Among them, were many civilians, women and children,
arrested by the Turkish invasion troops and Turkish-Cypriot paramilitary groups,
within the area controlled by the Turkish army after the cease of the battles
and far away from the military front. Although motion pictures and photographs
showing these people either being arrested or being transferred to and
imprisoned in Turkey do exist, none of them has ever returned.
The average American is oblivious to the immense sufferings of the Cypriot women
in black who for 35 years are still waiting for their missing
sons,daughters,brothers, sisters, husbands and fathers and mothers. Turkish
movie star Attila Olgac and Turkish politician Kenan Akin today mock the victims
of their inhuman barbarism. Instead of the usual denial of the charges they bask
in their murderous legacy.The findings in recent months of Turkish culpability
for massacres of civilians , Sotira Georgiou, 28, and her two children Mary, 7,
and Yiannakis, eight months, murdered in the village of Palekythro have been
largely ignored. For American people chanced with the opportunity to speak for
the world, this is, indeed, unfortunate.
There are things you could do to help alleviate the sufferings of The Missing
Cypriots, to mourn the innocents who were murdered, to remember the struggle of
Cypriot refugees to return to their ancestral homes. Please consider visiting
the site of the vigil to express your solidarity or do something even better by
volunteering a few hours of your time to stand with us and light a candle or say
a prayer. If you do these things and would like to do still more, please
consider contacting your local media outlets to interest them in a story on the
If you would like to inform your community about our vigil then please visit our
homepage to download our CYPRUS VIGIL 2009 flyer:
You could also contact us via telephone at: 917-699-9935.
*According to the Pancyprian Organization of Parents and Relatives of
Undeclared Prisoners and Missing Persons,”The number of the missing has been
recently reduced to 1532 after the discovery of the remains of 87 missing
persons, using DNA identification methods” http://www.missing-cy.org/
Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA)
2578 Broadway #132
New York, NY 10025
New York: Tel. 917-699-9935
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