Assyrians of Los Angeles hiked in solidarity with Garo Paylan

Garo Paylan, who is an Armenian from Turkey, wants Turkey to face its bloody past and recognize the Seyfo genocide committed against its non-Muslims citizens, living in the Ottoman Empire. However, Lawmakers from the ruling (AKP) party and the rest of the genocide denial members of parliament were verbally attacking when addressing the legislation body! He said: ‘I Call It Genocide; You Can Call It Whatever You Want’. Furthermore, he added: “ We were once 40 percent of the population. We are now as one in a 1,000! ”. He was then banned from attending several sessions of the Parliament.

The hiking was about five miles, and when the crowd reached to the top of the mountain, Ankidona Hormoz thanked the attendants for their participation on behalf of the Seyfo Center. Hormoz explains, “ as Assyrians, we faced several genocides and massacres in our history, in 1843, 1894-1896, 1915, 1922, 1933, 2015 and ongoing genocide in Iraq and Syria. Our past, shape our future and she added, “ We are all Garo Paylan and we will not keep silence!”. Turkey should know Garo Paylan is not alone we are and we will stand with him.

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