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