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September 30, 2012

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Greek Diaspora in Lebanon Protests Against Turkish film "FALL of 1453"



Members of the Greek Orthodox Lebanese party, held a protest rally on Saturday in downtown Beirut in order to protest against the imminent promotion of Turkey's provocative film the "FALL 1453" (the Byzantinum Empire) which is scheduled to begin being played in various theaters in Lebanon. The party called on the Lebanese Ministry of Culture to intervene so that the film can be banned from being screened. The president of the party Mr. Dimitris Rodrigue Khoury was quoted by protothema as saying that it "is historically ignorant and offends the Orthodox population of Lebanon and beyond."

The Greek Orthodox party of Lebanon, was recently established with the sole purpose of uniting Orthodox Christians who constitute 7% of the total population. The party chairman, said the party's objectives is a return to its true identity; "the Greek identity". Article and photos in Greek - protothema




The Fall of Constantinople was the capture of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, which occurred after a siege by the Ottoman Empire, under the command of 21-year-old Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, against the defending army commanded by Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. The siege lasted from Friday, 6 April 1453 until Tuesday, 29 May 1453 (according to the Julian calendar), when the city was conquered by the Ottomans. The capture of Constantinople (and two other Byzantine splinter territories soon thereafter) marked the end of the Roman Empire, an imperial state which had lasted for nearly 1,500 years. It was also a massive blow to Christendom, and the Ottomans thereafter were free to advance into Europe without an adversary to their rear. After the conquest, Mehmed made Constantinople the Ottoman Empire's new capital. Several Greek and non-Greek intellectuals fled the city before and after the siege, migrating particularly to Italy. It is argued that they helped fuel the Renaissance. Some mark the end of the Middle Ages by the fall of the city and empire. Wikipedia

EDITOR - We here at HellasFrappe call on all our Hellene brothers and sisters, of Christian faith, to mass together and organize rallies in their cities against the screening of this film in the same manner in which our Diaspora brothers and sisters did in Lebanon. This film is a slap in the face of Orthodox Christianity. Here is a glimpse of this very provocative film, which is titled "Fetih 1453".


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