At 19 May 1919 The final phase of the genocide of the Greeks of Pontus began by the Turkish state, that they had……. long presence in the Black Sea and the wider region, and at the same time one of the most bloody pages of modern Greek history began to be written.
However, the mass executions, the displacements, rape, the ranking of the Pontians in the labor battalions, the hardships, they failed to weaken this dynamic section of Hellenism. With their settlement in Greece, they contributed greatly to the progress of our country, while from their strength and courage we draw even today hope and optimism.
This year they are completed 100 + 1 years since the heinous crime. The global pandemic may postpone established major events and rallies, but it cannot "intervene" in our historical consciousness. With Law 2193 of March 11 1994, Greek Parliament establishes May 19 as a day of remembrance for the genocide of Pontic Hellenism. With the utmost respect for the memory of the victims and with the need to highlight the historical truth, we honor this day and send a message that humanity should not experience another genocide.
We owe it to the victims.
We owe it to the people who lived through the harsh refuge.
We owe it to their descendants.
We owe it to history.
The Syros - Ermoupolis Mayor