Update
Home / NEWS ARTICLES, COMMENTARIES & FEATURES / PROTEST LETTER Against the Mustapha Kemal Monument in Hyde Park‏
PROTEST LETTER Against the Mustapha Kemal Monument in Hyde Park‏

PROTEST LETTER Against the Mustapha Kemal Monument in Hyde Park‏

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - the Genocide criminal

On the 19th of February 2015, a monument in honour of Mustapha Kemal ‘Ataturk’ was erected in Hyde Park; a large park close to the center of Sydney. Please consider the protest letter below, and if you agree, send it to the email adresses listed below the letter. There is NO PLACE for monuments of genocide perpetrators anywhere in Australia, or the rest of the civilized world for that matter.
writing_a_letter

To whom it may concern,

Re: Mustapha Kemal Memorial; Hyde Park, Sydney.

I wish to express my shock and outrage at the recent erection of a monument in honour of a person responsible for committing mass atrocities during the early part of the 20th century.  I refer to the monument erected on the 19th of February 2015 outside the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, in honour of Mustapha Kemal ‘Ataturk’.

To think that the NSW Government funded and approved the erection of such a monument is unfathomable. What will the state of New South Wales do next? Erect a monument in honour of Adolf Hitler and Pol Pot?

After the end of the First World War, Mustapha Kemal and his supporters (Kemalists), were responsible for some of the most heinous acts committed against defenceless minorities in Turkey. It included mass killings, deportations/death marches, rape of women and burning of villages and religious property to name but a few. The victims were mainly Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians, but included Yezidis and also Jews.

The atrocities were widely reported in the Australian print media:

On the 23rd of March 1922, The Examiner of Launceston on page 5 reported: “CONCENTRATION OF KEMALISTS – TERRIBLE MASSACRES OF CHRISTIANS”, referring to a terrible 3-day massacre of Christians in Caesarea in the interior of Turkey.

On the 6th of August 1921, the Maryborough Chronicle of Queensland published an article on page 7 titled “REIGN OF TERROR BY KEMALISTS – MASSACRE OF GREEK SUBJECTS” referring to the Kemalists rounding up Greeks in Trebizond, and putting them to death. 27 British subjects were also retained as prisoners, their whereabouts being unknown.

On the 4th of July 1922, the Daily Telegraph of Launceston published an article on page 3 titled “ANATOLIAN ATROCITIES – THE KEMALIST PROGRAMME – EXTIRPATION OF CHRISTIANS” which tells of the ‘blood-curdling account of the Turkish atrocities’ and the ‘systematic character of these unspeakable atrocities’.

Countless newspaper reports of these atrocities exist, not to mention eye-witness accounts by government and non-government officials. The actions of Mustapha Kemal have been officially recognised and affirmed as acts of genocide by many countries worldwide. I therefore find it inconceivable that a monument would be erected in honour of such a man.

I wish to also point out that the statement attributed by Ataturk on the memorial, was in fact recently shown not to have been addressed to the mothers of Australian soldiers. In fact there is no real evidence to prove that Ataturk made the statement, as attested in an article of September 8, 2015 in the Sydney Morning Herald by Peter Stanley and David Stephens titled “Ataturk’s ‘letter’ expressed admirable sentiment, but it is not necessarily good history.”

Furthermore, War memorials are meant to be a tribute for those who died in battle for their country. To have a memorial in Australia of an authoritarian ruler who became the ‘light in the darkness’ for Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party as revealed in the book “Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination”, next to a holy shrine such as the Hyde Park Memorial, is outrageous. Australia nearly went to war against Ataturk in September 1922. We wouldn’t have a memorial to Mussolini or Hitler surely.

I take offence to the existence of this monument and ask the Government of NSW remove it as soon as is practically possible. There is absolutely no need for a monument that publicly displays a person who committed crimes of humanity.

Sincerely,

Writing

EMAIL THE ABOVE LETTER TO:

ANZAC Memorial Hyde Park – manager@anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au Sydney Lord Mayor – cmoore@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au RSL Sydney – admin@rslnsw.org.au The Sydney Morning Herald – letters@smh.com.au ABC – http://www.abc.net.au/news/contact/feedback/ The Australian Newspaper – letters@theaustralian.com.au ABC – http://www.abc.net.au/news/contact/feedback/ Victor Dominello – office@dominello.minister.nsw.gov.au A Current Affair – http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/feedback.aspx

 

About Mode of Life

2 comments

  1. Christos Anesti!

    Thank you so much for your email re the Kemal monument in Hyde Park. We too are infuriated at its erection and are more than happy to pass it on to the NSW government.

    Can I please point out the slight oversight in the date of the article in the Sydney Morning Herald re his speech to the supposed Australian mothers.

    Could you please correct it and resend as I am not quite sure what the exact date was. I think it is important that we send it with the correct information; it cannot have been Sept 8 2015.

    Thank you again. We love your website.

    Kind Regards,
    Kathy

    • Alithos Anesti o Kyrios!

      Agapite Kathy,

      Thank you for feedback, it is greatly appreciated, as it helps us to carry on what we do and make any necessary improvements/corrections that people suggest which are sound and feasible.

      The article by Peter Stanley and David Stephens in question was published online by the Sydney Morning Herald on 8th September 2014 (http://www.smh.com.au/comment/ataturks-letter-expresses-admirable-sentiment-but-is-not-necessarily-good-history-20140907-10bk5u.html).

      That very date is not coincidental as the 8th September is the eve of the great destruction of Smyrna in 1922, which was one of the genocidal climaxes in a period spanning 1904-1927. To this day we can never be sure as to the extent of the genocide and the number of people it claimed in its wake. People may dispute the numbers, but the reality is that it did happen as the physical and architectural landscape of Turkey in its objective silence speaks of the atrocities committed.

      And it is to these that Australia almost went to war against Turkey after World War I. And to which many here in Australia are ignorant about, preferring to watch such rubbish as The Water Diviner and believe fairytales like Ataturk’s letter to Australian mothers. Anzac Day for the Orthodox Christians marks the death of the Gallpoli peninsula’s indigenous Greek Orthodox people who were swept up in the wave of paranoid genocide.

      The irony in all of this, is how Australians erect monuments of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and allow Turks to partake in Anzac day commemorations, and yet do not have Germans or Japanese partaking in those same event or erecting monuments to Hitler! Even the dedication of the Turkish mosque in Auburn in Sydney is a monument which has a questionable intent behind it, when the mosque could have been dedicated to something else. But those of who have lived in Muslim countries know fully well what the sinister intent is behind the dedication of the Gallipoli mosque.

      Unfortunately Australians are an extraordinarily culturally ignorant and unaware people, as they are being deceived about their own history!

      Nevertheless, they will be force fed this business of how the Turks were noble and defending their homeland, when the reality was, that they were the imperial power of a foreign people from Central Asia who imposed their will upon the inhabitants of the Balkans and the Middle East. Even today Arab historians and Islamists decry the Ottoman period as the “dark ages of Islam” which opened the doors for Western imperialism in the region, and to which the Balkans and the Middle East has never recovered from.

      And because of this history and not being reconciled with the centuries of genocides (often backed up by Kurds, Albanians, Bosnians, Chechens, Dagestanis, Circassians and ironically Jews) that the Turks perpetrated, they adopt an overly defensive attitude regarding their own identity and their place within the Balkans the Middle East. This ill-ease with their own legitimacy spawns the aggressive and belligerent foreign policies and espionage that the Turkish authorities apply, such as their position regarding Cyprus, the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates, or their poorly veiled support of jihadist groups including the likes of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra.

      If the Turkish people wish to have peace, prosperity and progress, they need to recognize the truth and admit it in order to move forwards, because a nation in denial will not stand for long against the test of time or history. No one is asking for compensation, but a recognition and apology for what happened and the restoration of desecrated cultural and religious sites like churches, schools, museums, libraries and cemeteries, nothing more or less.

      And if these things cannot be afforded, then one does not have the right to call themselves a human nor be entitled to the governance of law as they renounce the validity of the rule of law and the principles which underpin it.

      Anyway that is our meager thoughts on what is a controversial subject.

      With the sincere humble love of the Risen Lord,
      VM on behalf of Mode of Life Project

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*