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Swedish Assyrians

Swedes Enter Turkish Land Dispute

Published måndag 9 februari 2009 kl 11.13
Södertälje is home to many of Sweden's Assyrian Community

The ancient monastery of Mor Gabriel in Turkey is the scene of a very modern dispute - and Sweden is playing a major part, despite being over three thousand kilometres away.

There’s been Syriac/Assyrians living in Sweden since the 1970s; many have become very successful, getting into politics and one even becoming a minister in a Social Democratic government.

But now a seemingly routine land dispute in South-Eastern Turkey has mobilised many in the community to take action to influence events back in the old homeland.

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