Minister Hatzistergos Condemns Removal of Armenian Plaque

RYDE–The Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship–John Hatzistergos–on Wednesday condemned the removal of a plaque in Meadowbank commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

The plaque–which was installed on April 24–2005–marking the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide–has been forcibly removed from Memorial Park–Meadowbank. It is unknown who has removed the plaque.

"This is a disgraceful and cowardly act," Hatzistergos said.

The plaque was installed following a motion from Ryde City Council officially recognizing and condemning the Armenian genocide of 1915–the first genocide of the twentieth century.

"The plaque is solemnly dedicated to the 1.5 million men–women and children who were victims of the Armenian genocide?It serves as a reminder to the community of such darks chapters in human history?I urge anyone with information concerning the removal to contact authorities," Hatzistergos said.

In 1997–the NSW Parliament passed a unanimous bi-partisan motion condemning the Armenian genocide of 1915.

In the following year–the Parliament passed another motion to install a memorial for the victims of the genocide–which is now located in the NSW Parliamentary precinct.

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