Hunger Strike Commemorates Assyrian Genocide's 100 Year Anniversary

Meant to Draw Attention to Massacre of Christian Syrians, Chaldeans, Assyrians

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There will be a hunger ‘strike’ to draw the attention of the hundred year anniversary of the Assyrian Genocide.

To commemorate the killings of their ancestors in 1915, members of the Syriac community in the city of Midyat in Turkey’s Mardin province will begin a collective hunger strike on April 20th, reported Fides.

It aims to highlight to the Turkish public and the international community that the massacres in 1915 in Anatolia not only hit the Armenians, but also claimed the lives of Christian Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs, reported Turkish sources.

The hunger strike will last 100 hours to represent the 100 years since the massacres and will end on April 24 to coincide with the initiatives planned to commemorate the Armenian Genocide around the world.

In addition to the hunger strike, the inspirers of the initiative have also announced a march in June to commemorate the Assyrian Genocide,

The «Assyrian Genocide» refers to the deportation and extermination of Christians belonging to the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac community carried out in Ottoman territory by the government of «Young Turks.»

The town of Midyat is of Syrian origin and has been for centuries the center of a Christian-Syriac enclave in the southeast of Turkey. 

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