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Bust Unveiled in Memory of Aris Goumas

The annual memorial service for the 37-year-old Northern Epirot Aristotle Goumas was held in a highly charged atmosphere, on Sunday morning in Chimara.

Goumas was assassinated on August 12, 2010 by a group of seven Albanian nationalists. Then, in an electrifying atmosphere amid controversy in the classes of the Greek minority, a bust was unveiled of the man, who was featured as a national martyr by the Association of Chimara people and the Annex of Omonia which had the organizational initiative of the event.

The Church of Albania did not attend this event and had expressed before its disagreement about the political nature of the event and participated only in the memorial ceremony, celebrated by the Metropolitan of Argirokastro, Dimitrios. The event was also attended by Kozani MP and Head of Sector for Rural Development of New Democracy Party, George Kasapidis, and LAOS Member, Babis Karathanos, as well as Northern Epirot organizations. The Greek government was not represented in the event.

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