Έλληνες της Αντιοχείας: ACTION ALERT: #ARRESTFILIS

ArrestFilis

On Monday night, Greek politics hit an old time low. When Greek Education Minister Nikos Filis denied the events of the Ottoman Greek (Rûm) Genocide in the Black Sea coastal region of Pontos on Greek national television. A member of the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA party, Minister Filis has defended his comments. While the Greek Government has been quick to express that they are merely the Minister’s “opinion” and not the position of the Government.

For those unfamiliar with the Ottoman Greek (Rûm) Genocide. It was a systematic extermination by two consecutive Turkish Governments during World War I. This Internationally recognized event witnessed the mass murder of over 1.7 million Ottoman Greeks (Rûm) from the greater regions of Eastern Thrace and Asia Minor. Ottoman Greeks (Rûm), which were members of both the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople and Antioch.

In solidarity with our ethnic kin in Greece. Operation Antioch joins Greek-American Activist, Ioannis Fidanakis, in publicly calling for the arrest of Greek Education Minister Nikos Filis. We urge all Greek citizens living abroad to contact the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While those living in Greece are urged to contact the Areios Pagos. Those of us without Greek citizenship are asked to flood the social media accounts of Minister Nikos Filis and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. 

Contact information for the people and institutes mentioned upon, as well as Mr. Fidanakis’ public letter to Prime Minister Tsipras, can be found below. 

The Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

http://www.mfa.gr/en/contact/mfa-en-contacts/hellenic-ministry-of-foreign-affairs.html

Areios Pagos

http://www.areiospagos.gr/en/INDEX.htm

President’s Office: Tel. 210 6411506 Fax. 210 6433799

Education Minister Nikos Filis

https://www.facebook.com/nikosfilis.gr/

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

https://www.facebook.com/tsiprasalexis/

Dear Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,

I am contacting you regarding the recent controversial comments made by Greek Minister of Education Nikos Filis. As a direct descendant of survivors of the Ottoman Greek Genocide from Eastern Thrace, I am extremely disappointed and offended by Minister Filis’ denial of our Genocide, and of the government’s silent approval of his opinion.

In 2014, the Greek Government adopted Law No. 927/1979, which criminalizes Denial of Genocide, Hate Speech, and Other Acts of Racism. Minister Filis’ public comments are in direct violation of this new anti-racism law. The events of the Ottoman Greek Genocide in Pontos are recognized by the Greek parliament and the International community as Genocide. Mr. Filis’ denial of these events are not simply his “personal opinion”, but a criminal act punishable with imprisonment up to three years and fines up to €50,000. 

As a Greek citizen who proudly served in the Greek Army, I call on our government to bring Minister Filis to justice for publicly breaking this new anti-racism law. If Mr. Filis is not held accountable for his comments, the government sets a messy legal precedence. What would be next? Denial of the Holocaust? 

Sincerely,

Ioannis Fidanakis

Past President of Panthracian Union of America “Orpheus”

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2 comments on “Έλληνες της Αντιοχείας: ACTION ALERT: #ARRESTFILIS

  1. ECHR: Turkey ordered to pay €90 million compensation for Cyprus invasion

    By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent7:36PM BST 12 May 2014

    Europe’s highest court yesterday ordered Turkey to pay €90 million (£63 million) in compensation to the victims of the 1974 invasion that left the island divided between Turks and Greeks.
    Turkey reacted angrily to the landmark judgement declaring it would not be bound by the ruling and warned the intervention would damage a recent efforts at reconciliation.

    The European Court of Human Rights found that Turkey was liable for damages, despite the passage of 40 years since its military invasion in response to a Greek-led takeover of the island’s government.
    The court ruled that Turkey should pay €30 million for the suffering endured by relatives of people who went missing during the invasion.

    A further €60 million in fines was imposed for the suffering of Greek Cypriots who live in the Karpas peninsula – an enclave within northern Cyprus.
    Turkey supports a breakaway Turkish republic on the north of the island, where it maintains 30,000 troops.
    Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, warned last week that the prospect of securing a peace deal would be harmed by the court ruling.
    “Not only is it legally problematic, its timing is wrong,” he said. “It’s going negatively affect the psychological atmosphere.”
    Turkey has partially complied with earlier rulings from the court while defying its judgements outright in other cases.

    Turkey paid 1.12 million euros in compensation to Titina Loizidou (AFP/GETTY)

    The Strasbourg court ordered Turkey to pay Titina Loizidou compensation in 1998 for depriving her of property in the seaside city of Kyrenia. It was the first case in which a Greek Cypriot successfully sued Turkey over the invasion and earned the right to compensation.

    Turkey paid the money in 2003, but has yet to comply with an earlier European Court decision ordering Ankara to allow Loizidou to reclaim her property.
    Nikos Christodoulides, a spokesman for the Cyprus government, called on Turkey to comply with the ruling.

    “Despite the fact that the persecution and hardship that they have endured cannot be measured in money, the Cyprus government welcomes the fact that the court again condemns in this way Turkey’s policy of violating the human rights of the enclaved,” he said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/cyprus/10825981/Turkey-ordered-to-pay-90-million-compensation-for-Cyprus-invasion.html

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