Turkey's Caucasus Forum protest Russia in Istanbul for "Circassian Genocide and Exile of 1864"!

Turkey based North Caucasian activist group, the Caucasus Forum (CF), are staging a protest rally in Istanbul on 21 May 2011 to protest Russia and demand an official Russian recognition of what they describe as "Circassian Genocide and Exile of 1864". Starting at 1PM, the rally is taking place outside the Russian Consulate General in the central district of Taksim. 

In contrast to the last year’s protest, which was co-organized with another activist group, the Patriots of Circassia (PoC), this year’s rally is being organized as part of the “Global Initiative of 21 May” with simultaneous protest rallies taking place outside Russian diplomatic missions around the world.

The last year’s sight of thousands of protestors with Circassian national flags gathering outside the Russian Consulate in the historical heart of Istanbul has since become the iconic image of rising Circassian political activism worldwide.