Daniel Boyacioglu, estradpoet
In the memory of the genocide of the Aramean
people: to unite for the blood of our martyrs!
Some Aramean/Syriac institutions are striving for
the worlds recognition of “The war of Sayfo" which claimed the
lives of about 200 000 of our Aramean/Syriac people.
Before talking about Sayfo, we would like to
point out that the time of the memory of the Aramean/Syriac
genocide on the April 24 is wrong:
The Armenian people chose this date because in
the April 23, 1915 the Ottoman Government arrested hundreds of
Armenian intellectuals (the number was between 300 and 600
Armenians, especially in Istanbul, the capital) and killed all
before the implementation of the genocide against the innocent
There were no Arameans among these intellectuals
because the Committee of Union and Progress (Ittihat ve Teraki
Komitesi) wanted to exterminate the Armenian people under the
pretext that it helps the Tsarist Russia.
But in fact the Committee of Union and Progress
was afraid of the Armenian national consciousness and
interventions of European countries in the Oriental Christians
Therefore, we believe that we must continue to
commemorate this Aramean Martyr's Day on July 25 of each year,
as it has been customary for many years.
The reason for the Aramean Democratic
Organizations participation in today’s demonstration is only
because of its interest to maintain coordination and cooperation
among the Aramean/Syriac organizations and institutions.
Based on the mentioned above, we would like to
refer to the following:
First: We want to struggle as the Armenian people
does and to succeed in making our voice heard to the world, but
we must choose another date for the commemoration that has a
connection to the genocide against our peaceful people.
Second: We must use the term "GENOCIDE" - because
the free world has come to know what “GENOCIDE" means. Our
peaceful Aramean people are the second in history, to be exposed
Some armies have practiced brutal tactics against
the civilian population, but it did not kill and torture women,
children and men and the elderly because of the beneficiation
from their work and taxes they paid. But the criminal Ottoman
Empire "planned" to eliminate the Armenian people as a whole.
After completion of its awful crime it began slaughtering our
Third: We hope not to exagerate the number of our
martyrs; our cause is sacred for all our Syriac churches and the
cultural institutions and parties need to unite their struggle
for this issue. Exageration or politicization of this struggle,
leads to diversions and provocation of some people.
Forth: In a few years, we will hold the hundredth
years of the GENOCIDE memory. We demand that all of us be united
for our holy cause. Let the blood of our martyrs motivate us to
prevail on ourselves and examine our history and correct all
wrong facts. Then the world will listen when we speak with one
The brotherly Armenian people have been able to
deliver to the world the extent of injustice and the losses they
suffered from. We must learn from their struggle, and fight and
sacrifice for the blood of our martyrs.