ZALIN (QAMISHLI), Syria – The Syriac Union Party (SUP) in Syria organized a candlelight march in Zalin (Qamishli) in North and East Syria to mark the 105th anniversary of the Sayfo Genocide in 1915 during which upwards of 300,000 Syriacs (Assyrians, Arameans, Chaldeans) were killed and nearly as many displaced from their homes. A parallel march was held in the town of Qabre Hewore.
At the conclusion of the march in Zalin, wreaths were laid at the Sayfo Martyrs Memorial to commemorate the victims.
In Qabre Hewore, the local branch of the Syriac Union Party also organized a candlelight march, participating in the Divine Mass for the souls of Sayfo martyrs with the gathered public.
A lecture was also given by party members about the effect of the massacres on the Syriac people and the importance of securing recognition for the atrocities.
The SUP called on the international community to recognize the genocide and called on the Turkish state to take responsibility for the country’s history, to recognize the massacres, and to restore the stolen rights of the Syriac people.