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Wales-Armenia Solidarity Press Release
(with the support of Nor Serount Cultural Association)
c/o The Temple of Peace, Cardiff
Tel:(Int. ) 00 44 7718982732
Armenian Genocide Monument desecrated on Holocaust Memorial Day
Turkish protesters disrupt Holocaust and Hrant Dink Commemmorations
The tiny Welsh Armenian community were targeted with a despicable racist attack on Holocaust Memorial Day. The new Armenian Genocide Monument (which was erected by the community under the leadership of John Torosyan in november) was desecrated in the early hours of the morning before important ceremonies were held today to Commemmorate the Holocaust,and to remember Hrant Dink. The ornate Armenian Cross on the monument was smashed to bits by persons unknown using a hammer, which was left at the scene of the crime.
One of the Welsh Armenians said:"This is our holiest shrine. Our grandparents who perished in the Genocide do not have marked graves. This is where we remember them"
Eilian Williams of Wales Armenia Solidarity said that he blamed the so-called "Committee for the Protection of Turkish Rights" under the leadership of Hal Savas for the crime. The police took the hammer for fingerprints.
He continued:"I call on Armenians and other sympathisers throughout the world to send messages of support to Wales Armenia Solidarity (firstname.lastname@example.org) which we can send to the Prime Minister of the National Assembly of Wales. We shall repair the cross again and again no matter how often it is desecrated. We also challange the UK government and the Turkish Embassy to condemn this racist attack.
The Holocaust commemmoration was a gesture of friendship by Welsh Armenians towards the Jewish and Roma communnities
Eminent Welshman Robin Gwyndaf prayed in Welsh and English. The Assembly Member Jenny Randerson called on the UK government to recognise the Armenian genocide
During the Prayers for the Holocaust victims, the said Turkish Committee used a loud-speaker to disrupt proceedings
Finally Martin Shipton, chief reporter for the "Western Mail" the national newspaper of Wales gave his tribute to Hrant Dink (also representing the National Union of Journalists). The Turkish protesters also disrupted his speech.