Today, on January 27th, the world marks the Holocaust Remembrance Day. Non-governmental organisations LGBT Forum Progress, Hiperion, and LGBTIQ Social Center join thousands of organisations and groups, as well as millions of people around the globe, in remembering the victims of the Holocaust.
We must never forget the horrors that have been committed and the innocent lives that the Nazi regime brutally took. We must never forget six million Jews and five million Slavs, Roma, people with mental and physical disabilities, gay men, lesbians, religious minorities, and others, who perished in the death camps. We must never forget the darkness and evil that took over Europe and the world, and shook the foundations and principles of the modern civilisation.
Also, we owe it to ourselves to remember that one of the targets of the Nazi machinery were also LGBT persons, who were equally persecuted, imprisoned and sent to camps, got subjected to the most vicious and vile ways of torture, and then met a gruesome and agonising end. We can also never forget the pink triangles that were sown to clothes of gay men, as a mark of their sexual orientation.
Montenegrin public must never forget that our country was made from and built upon the principles of antifascism and combat against the evil of this sort; and that it is the duty of us all to nurture and preserve those principles, and be guided by them; for the sake of the future of our country, and for the sake of peace, justice and equality.
Our organisations will, like we have done so far, continue our struggle for equality, tolerance, peace, acceptance, and understanding amongst the people. And so, with this in mind, today we remember all the Holocaust victims. By remembering them, and carrying them in our hearts and minds, we are ready to welcome a better tomorrow.