01/05/2023

Universal Syriac Union Party in Lebanon commemorates 1915 Sayfo Genocide 

ZAHLE, Lebanon — On Saturday, the Universal Syriac Union Party (USUP) branch in Zahle, Lebanon, held an event to mark the 108th anniversary of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire against Christian communities, including Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans–Maronites), Armenians, and Greeks.

The event began with the Lebanese national anthem, followed by Syriac and Armenian hymns performed by singer Christine Zeno.

Representatives from the Armenian Tashnag Party, the Syriac-Maronite Union, Tur Levnon, and the USUP delivered speeches at the event. The speeches focused on the history of the genocide, the systematic killing, displacement, and crimes committed against the aforementioned peoples, as well as their presence and development throughout the ages in the region. The speakers emphasized the unity of these peoples, their shared fate, and their common origins in the land of their ancestors.

The event was attended by a number of political parties, Members of Parliament, and religious, cultural, and social figures in Lebanon, including the Lebanese Forces party.