AHEPA Condemns Attack on US Embassy in Athens

American Embassy in Athens prior to attack

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the leading association for the nation’s 1.2 million American citizens of Hellenic heritage, condemns the attack upon the U.S. Embassy in Athens that was perpetrated this morning by extremists, announced Supreme President Gus J. James, II.

"We join with our ambassador to express that this is a serious attack with no justification for it. This senseless act of violence can only be aimed to disrupt Greece's international relations efforts and initiatives. Of course, the extremists will not succeed. Fortunately, no one was injured.

"Furthermore, we welcome the prompt response of the Greek government and authorities. We are confident that they will strive to ensure that similar deplorable acts will not occur in the future, and that any effort to revive such acts in Greece will fail."

(Posting date 14 January 2007)

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization in the world. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. During its history, AHEPA has joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith to fight discrimination. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the organization or how to join, contact AHEPA Headquarters (202-232-6300) or visit the organization's newly redesigned website at http://www.ahepa.org.

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