Athens and Thessaloniki light up for Greek Genocide of Pontus Remembrance Day

Athens and Thessaloniki light up for Greek Genocide of Pontus Remembrance Day

Athens and Thessaloniki light up for Greek Genocide of Pontus Remembrance Day

To commemorate the Greek Genocide of Pontus, Greece’s Parliament building in Athens and the White Tower in Thessaloniki were lit up.

The facade of the Parliament building was illuminated with a symbolic logo/message.

Athens and Thessaloniki light up for Greek Genocide of Pontus Remembrance Day
*Image Credit: ΟΡΕΣΤΗΣ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩΤΟΥ

In Thessaloniki, the White Tower was illuminated with the letter ‘G’ from the English word Genocide.

Athens and Thessaloniki light up for Greek Genocide of Pontus Remembrance Day

Athens and Thessaloniki light up for Greek Genocide of Pontus Remembrance Day

The Greek parliament officially recognised the Genocide of the Pontians by the Τurkish state on 24 February 1994 and unanimously voted to make May 19 the day for commemorating their genocide.

Evzones turn Pontic for the day

Earlier in the day, the famous Evzones soldiers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square were dressed in the Greek uniform.

In honour of the memory of the 353,000 victims of the Greek Genocide in Pontus, a special ceremony was held with hundreds of people, featuring not only evzones, but several delegates from political and community organisations.

Pontian Evzones on May 19, 2021.
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*More on GCT: The Pontic Greeks who fought hard and bravely against genocidal barbarity
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This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.