Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Meets With AMO, Sefyo Center and Assyrian Activists

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A group of Assyrian activists including Seyfo Center and American Mesopotamian Organization attended a private townhouse meeting for the presidential candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s on Friday April 12, 2019.

Rep Gabbard gave her speech and at the end there were some people in attendance asking questions. A few of the questions were asked by Mr. Sabri Atman, the director of Seyfo Center. Mr. Atman first asked about the 45 year occupation of Cypress by Turkey. Secondly, he asked about the Assyrian, Armenian, Greek Genocide of 1915 in Turkey and the Simele Massacre of Assyrians that occurred in 1933 in Iraq.

Here is a brief excerpt of Sabri’s questions & Rep. Tulsi’s answer:

Representative & Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard with Fellow Assyrian Activists Dr. Sargoun Issa, Mr. Sabri Atman, Emily Issa, Dr. Samir Jonna of American Mesopotamian Organization

Sabri Atman: “representative Hubbard, first of all it is an honor to listen to you and to be able to ask you a question.  My name is Sabri Atman I am the founder of the director of the Assyrian genocide research center which is an international organization. My first question to you. Turkey has occupied Cyprus for 45 years. Great power countries including the United States, have failed, to pressure turkey to end this occupation.  Under your leadership, and as the president of the united states, what will be your first major state to end this occupation of Cyprus. And my second question, many people, and I admire you very much.  For being our voice and speaking about the Armenian Assyrian and Greek Genocide of 1915, and Semele massacre of 1943 in Iraq.  As you know often, truth and justice are victim to dirty politics.  My question to you is, if elected president of the united states will you continue to be our voice and use the right terminology which is Genocide, or will you soften your language”


Tulsi : “What do you think the answer to that question is. It is an important question the reason unfortunately he has to ask this question, right, is because there have been many broken promises by politicians in the past. And I’ll tell you why I’m not like any other politician who has made that promise to you and broken it. And it’s for the reasons that I talked about. I have been there, I have seen the cost of war, I have worn that uniform, and worn those boots. I understand what is at stake. This is not about pleasing or Bending to the will of other countries. My mission is to serve the people of this country. For the well-being of our people on the forefront.  So, NO I will not soften my language out of fear of angering Turkey.”

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