Thousands Attend Remembrance Day in Istanbul

Friday, 30 May 2014 15:33

Thousands of people attended the Circassian Genocide and Exile Remembrance Day event held at the Circassian Exile Monument in Kartal/Istanbul, on May 24 2014. The Circassians and friends of Circassians all around Turkey poured into Kartal to raise their demands for justice and to commemorate the victims of the Circassian Genocide and Exile. The event was organized by the Federation of the Caucasian Associations (Kaffed) in Turkey. The member associations organized a series of activities during the week of May 21, to remember and to remind the tragedy of the Circassians.

The following demands were declared during the remembrance day ceremony:

* The Circassians scattered all around the world are now in danger of total assimilation as a result of ethnic cleansing by the Tsarist Russia. They call upon the Russian Federation and the international community to acknowledge the genocide of the Circassian nation and demand an apology from the Russian Federation.

* The Circassians ask for restorative justice to prevent new genocides and tragedies in the future. They call upon the successors of the empires involved in the Great Tragedy of the Circassian people, particularly the Russian Federation and Turkey, to end the historical injustice and pave the way for Circassians to embrace their homeland by granting them dual citizenship, and support their right to return to the homeland.

* The Circassians demand respect for all those who lost their lives during genocide and exile, and commemorate their losses in peace.

* The Circassians call upon all nations and international organizations to protect cultural and linguistic diversity, to support their struggle to maintain the Circassian language, culture and identity, and not let other Caucasian languages disappear like the Ubykh language.

* All those who ignore the Circassians' just demands and deny the historical tragedy will share the blame of the gravest and greatest of the crimes against humanity.

* The Circassians want an honorable future for all humanity, without forgetting the past.