Monday, August 23, 2010
Assyrian Genocide Monument Unveiled in Australia
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.
THE ASSYRIAN UNIVERSAL ALLIANCE AND THE ASSYRIAN COMMUNITY
7TH AUGUST 2010/6760
The monument was strongly opposed by the Turkish community in Australia, who claimed the monument would "sew division" between the Assyrian and Turkish communities. This argument was repeatedly made despite the fact that there is no interaction between these communities and hence no division to sew. Assyrians are Christians and speak modern Assyrian (neo-Aramaic), while Turks are Muslims and speak Turkish.