May 20, 2014

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ATHENS - Commemoration of Pontian Genocide

Pontian Greek associations commemorated (May 19) the 95th anniversary of the Pontian Greek genocide by Ottoman forces, with a rally to the Syntagma Square.

Participants, men and women in traditional Pontian costumes, observed a moment of silence, in memory of the 353,000 victims of the genocide, perpetrated in Asia Minor between 1916 and 1921.

These Greeks lived and engaged in commerce along the coast of the Black Sea - referred to as the "Pontos Euxinos" (Greek for "hospitable sea") - and founded a string of cities and towns such as Trebizond, Sampsounta, Sinope and Heraclea Pontica (800 BC -1900).

The director of the genocide museum in Erevan, Armenia, Haik Temoyian, who hounoured the commemoration, stressed the necessity of coordinated action among Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians, the populations that were slaughtered or exiled by Ottoman Turkey.

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