145th Anniversary of the Circassian Genocide and the Sochi Olympics Issue

Fri May 22, 2009 7:30am EDT

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NEW YORK, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Circassian Cultural Institute issued the
following statement today to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the
Circassian Genocide:

On Thursday the 21st of May, we commemorate the 145th Anniversary of the
Circassian Genocide and pay tribute to the victims and survivors. Their focus
for the observance will be to Free Circassia Now, the recognition of the
Circassian Genocide and to stop the Sochi Olympic Games. We know from their
testimony and historical records that the Circassian genocide was conceived
and carried out by Czarist Russia during the invasion of Circassia and
culminating in 1864 with 90 percent of the nation annihilated.

It is estimated that more than 1.5 million Circassian men, women and children
were killed, and more than one million others were expelled from their
homeland. International observers and diplomats watched a nightmare unfurl and
provided detailed accounts about "a campaign of race extermination." It is
long past time to formally recognize the Circassian Genocide. If we ignore
history, then we are destined to repeat the mistakes of the past. The
genocides in Rwanda and Darfur remind us that we must do more to prevent this
from ever happening again.

On this anniversary, we must remember the victims and survivors of the
Circassian Genocide. The persecution from the past continues to plague the
current Circassian population under the control and enforcement by the Russian
Federation to this very day. We must provide the leadership to ensure that
this human tragedy is not repeated.

As the Winter Olympics in Sochi approaches, we must remind the world that
Circassian blood spilled in Sochi was a systematic attempt to eradicate the
Circassian people. An international celebration of the Olympic Games on this
holy ground will be viewed as an atrocity by the millions of Circassian around
the world and the many thousands of scholars that are currently working on
shedding light on this hidden secret of human tragedy.

    Contact:

    Zak Barsaqua
    Iyad Youghar
    Tamara Barsik
    Tambi Kat
    The Circassian Cultural Institute - C.C.I.
    555 Preakness Avenue
    Totowa, New Jersey
    1-908-295-2957

http://www.circassianculturalinstitute.org/


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Cultural Institute - C.C.I., +1-908-295-2957
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