Thessaloniki: Candles lit in memory of the victims of the Pontian Greek Genocide

Pontian Greek Genocide

Pontian Greek Genocide

Candles for the 350,000 Pontian Greeks exterminated by Turkish troops and Kurdish para-militaries, were lit on Monday night in the centre of Thessaloniki.

The candles were lit by members of the Pontian Youth Coordinating Committee of Greece, on the occasion of May 19, the Pontian Greek Genocide.

This year due to the coronavirus pandemic, commemorations will be different, which is why the committee members decided to honour their ancestors who lost their lives by lighting the candles numbered 353,000.

Today, a small memorial service will be held in Thessaloniki and wreaths will be laid in their honour.