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Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Qafe Bote march
30/06/2012 Top Channel
The Chameria Week continued with the march to Kllogjer, which has turned
into an annual event for the commemoration of the Greek Genocide
victims among the Albanian Cham population after the Second World War.
Hundreds of people traveled
to the border with Greece, together with the Self-Determination Movement
of Kosovo, Albin Kurti. The first stop was Kllogjeri, where was
inaugurated the starting of the monumental cemeteries construction for
the 3000 Cham victims.
The march continued to Qafe Bote, where
the Party of Justice, Integration and Unity leader, Shpetim Idrizi,
declared that the construction of the monumental cemeteries was an
obligation for their predecessors, and he compared the Cham genocide
with the holocaust.
“The homogenous Greece of today was
established with the elimination of 70% of the Jews and 100% of the Cham
population, only because they belonged to another ethnic, religious and
social community”, Idrizi declared.
The PJIU leader declared that this is the time to bring justice through peaceful efforts.
march was greeted also by the Self-Determination Movement, Albin Kurti,
who declared that the Albanians are a people that have suffered many
injustices that now must disappear.
More than 5000 Cham Albanians
died 67 years ago in the ethnic cleansing held against the Albanian
land that remained outside the ethnic borders after 1013. 3000 of them
were killed by the Greek forces and 2000 others lost their lives while
fleeing to Albania.