On July 15, 1957, the Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO)
was established in the city of Qamishly, Syria. For years, the Assyrian
Democratic Organization has been holding an event on the fifteenth of July
of every year to celebrate its anniversary.
This year, as in the past, the ADO held a
celebration in the city of Qamishly, and it was attended by a large number
of our Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people from all over Syria, as well as a
large number of expatriates from Diaspora. The event was also attended by
representatives of political and national parties, and representatives of
the cultural and social organizations.
After the start of the event, without any
prior notification, the Syrian Governmental Security Services halted the
celebration and ordered the attendees to evacuate the area.
Despite the many attempts to convince the
government agents of the importance of continuing the celebration, but they
were adamant to execute their orders to ban the ADO from celebrating its
in the Assyrian Democratic Organization, express our gratitude to all who
attended with us today, stressing their support for the peaceful, democratic
and nationalistic stand of the Assyrian Democratic Organization, which is
based on openness and moderation. We strongly condemn the actions of the
Syrian Government, which prevented holding this ceremony. This event
represents a great opportunity to instill the values of coexistence and
strengthens the bonds of national unity in the Syrian society. This was
evident by the diverse spectrum of national, religious and political
principles of the attendees.
The decision sparked a general resentment from all attendees,
and reflected the reality of the decline and the absence of democratic
freedoms in the country.
This action does not serve the Syrian national interest and
damages the reputation of our country. It will not dissuade us from
continuing with the same determination and resolve to endure our national
and peaceful struggle, openly, until we achieve our aspirations in building a state
of law and institutions based on principles of partnership and equality.
Assyrian Democratic Organization
Political Bureau, Syria
15 July 2010 - 6760