Turkish organizations seek to prevent construction of Sayfo Genocide monument in Enschede, Netherlands

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands — The decision of Enschede Municipality in the Netherlands to permit the erection of a Sayfo Genocide Monument has sparked controversy.

While discussions among Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) institutions and organizations regarding the selection of a sacred Syriac name for the monument, Turkish organizations rejected the decision and launched efforts to appeal it. They launched a campaign to collect signatures to present to the municipality, aiming to convince them that there is a group of individuals opposing the monument’s construction.

A recent demonstration was organized to express their rejection and condemnation of the monument. During the protest, speeches were delivered denying the Sayfo Genocide and demanding that the municipality prohibit its erection.

Turkish officials have engaged in discussions with representatives of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community to persuade them to abandon plans for the monument’s construction.

Meanwhile, disagreements have arisen among certain Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) institutions regarding the name to be inscribed on the monument.