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Not what i meant

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in response to reader comment: Those who didn't manage to "move"

Submitted by Alexandros (United Kingdom), Mar 25, 2012 at 05:13

That was not what i meant, of course they were persecuted by the Turks, but my great grand Father had foreseen and they left a couple of months earlier than the occupation of the city, there is no doubt about the massacre that happened in Asia Minor coast and also in Pontos or in the case of Armenians and Assyrians and the Kurds nowadays, we are talking about genocides, i just wrote that as a figure of speech and if i created a false image i am sorry!

In any case all Greeks around the world we celebrate today our freedom against the Ottoman slavery. We are a nation of 3500 years old or maybe more, but a country of 191 years old, we should never forget how important freedom is, people take some things for granted until they lose it, it is the human nature, health, love, safety, everything applies to this law, these anniversaries are very important to remember and to honour all those who died for a higher purpose and even if this last phrase sounds common if we just get into their shoes for one moment we can feel the greatness of those people, people who actually preferred to die than to be enslaved again and not one and two, but thousands. In our history we have so many heroes we tend to forget them some times, let us always remember those who did the exodus in Mesologgi, those women who jumped over the cliffs in Zallogo so not to be captured by the Turks, holding their children in their arms, those who blew up the Arkadi monastery in Crete for the same reason, those who started the revolution even though their ancestors had failed so many times before, freedom is the higher purpose!


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