KAFRO, TUR ABDIN, Turkey — Officials of institutions of Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) and the independent Syriac Parliament member in Turkey Tuma Çelik commemorated the MUB martyr Matay Rabo in Kafro village in Tur Abdin, Turkey.
After a minute of silence, Çelik delivered a speech, in which he described the personality of Martyr Matay Rabo, who dedicated his life to the national struggle of the Syriac (Aramean-Assyrian-Chaldean) people.
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Then, President of the Federation of Syriac associations in Turkey (Süryani Dernekler Federasyonu, SÜDEF) Evgil Türker spoke about Martyr Matay Rabo, saying: “Comrade Matay Rabo was humble and had no authoritarian dealings. He also was loved by everyone. He was highly educated in politics, and left many poems and national songs to the Syriac people.”
“Although comrade Matay Rabo passed away, his memory will remain immortal,” said Türker. “All the comrades miss him and recall him on all our occasions, not only on his martyrdom anniversary.”
Türker added that all the comrades adhere to his values and struggle.
“One of the goals of comrade Matay Rabo was to consolidate the values of brotherhood and comradeship,” he declared, indicating that comrade Matay Rabo warned of foreign interventions that seek to spread strife and division.
“May God have mercy on comrade Matay Rabo. We bow our heads for him and all the martyrs of the Syriac people. Martyr will never be forgotten,” Türker concluded.