Istanbul – There is considerable objection from the Diaspora against an order from Russian President Vladimir Putin to celebrate the 450th anniversary of voluntary unification on the part of Caucasus with Russia.
A large group of Circassian Diaspora, united under the umbrella organization of North Caucasian Platform, will take to the street on October 4 in protest at both the 450th anniversary celebrations and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, where the Circassians suffered most. A statement released from the North Caucasian Platform said that the demonstration would be held at 12:30 p.m. outside the Russian Consulate in Istanbul. The rest of the statement read as follows: “The Caucasian Diaspora across the world will protest simultaneously both the celebrations of the 450th anniversary of voluntary unification on the part of Caucasus with Russia, to be attended by Putin on October 5 and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, where our Caucasian ascenders, including women and children, were massacred on May 21, 1864, because they resisted the then Russian occupation. Demonstrations will be held outside Russian consulates and the United Nations agencies in Syria, Jordan, the US and other countries. The Turkish Caucasian Diaspora will stage its protest on October 4 outside the Russian Consulate in Istanbul. (Agency Caucasus)