Pontic Greeks in Thessaloniki Commemorate 100 Years Since Genocide



Hundreds of Pontic Greeks gathered in central Thessaloniki on Wednesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide perpetrated by the Turks upon their ancestors.

The crowd formed a human chain with the letter “G”, for Genocide, and later formed the phrase “No More Genocides” at Thessaloniki’s Aristotelous Square.

Yannis Papadopoulos, the president of the Youth Coordination Committee, declared that “this image of ‘G’ through social media sends a message that is stronger than words. We want this message and this image to travel all around the world, and for foreigners to see who we are and learn about the Greek Genocide of Pontus.”

Pontian organizations are planning an event for Saturday which will feature the symbolic raising up of 100 lights at midnight in Thessaloniki’s harbor, in memory of the estimated 353,000 innocent people who lost their lives in the atrocity.

May 19th is the official day of the commemoration of the genocide, and it will be marked by many events throughout the nation of Greece, including the cities of Thessaloniki and Athens.