Τρίτη, 30 Μαρτίου 2010

Armenian and Greek activists picket U.S. Congressman's fundraiser

Congressman Michael McMahon’s March 27th fundraiser was picketed by local community groups outraged over his acceptance of campaign donations from interests who backed his recent vote as a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee to block American recognition of the Armenian Genocide, reads press release by Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

According to ANCA, members of Turkish diplomatic corps were also present at the event. Local Armenian, Greek and Cypriot activists protested outside.

“Given the timing of the fundraiser, it’s clear that Congressman McMahon is cashing in on his recent vote against passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution. Congressional Representatives should not be rewarded for their complicity in genocide denial or for supporting Turkey’s current aggression towards minorities,” said ANCA activist Paul Saryian.

“We are convinced that if Turkey had been punished for its atrocities committed against Armenians, the invasion of Cyprus and crimes committed against Greek Cypriots would have never happened. With his recent vote and contributions he is receiving by the Turkish community, McMahon is now complicit in these crimes against humanity,” ANCA quotes Nikolaos Taneris, founder and press officer of Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA).

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