VIDEO: Rally against monument – Local News – News – General – Fairfield Champion

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The monument is under construction and due to be finished by August.

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The application to Fairfield Council by the Assyrian Universal Alliance for the construction of the monument was passed in December last year.

But six months later, the council’s decision is still opposed by many members of the community, particularly the Turkish community.

More than 100 people were at the rally, organised by the NSW Young Turkish Businessmen Association.

Despite the rain, many waved flags, held placards and cheered as speeches were presented in Turkish.

“We’re protesting in a traditional sense we don’t want to clash with anyone. We’re here to tell the general Australian people the truth,” association member Huseyin Enver Yasar said.

“There is no reason for this issue to drive a wedge between the Australian and Turkish people.”

Fairfield police blocked off parts of the Avoca Road during the protest but it was a peaceful rally.

A Fairfield Council spokeswoman said that the council had been notified that a crowd of up to 2000 people were expected at the protest on Saturday.

“Fairfield police temporarily installed CCTV [closed circuit television] cameras in various locations at the site of the protest as a security measure,” she said.

“Fairfield police are in possession of the footage taken on the day using the [cameras].’