On November 13th, Hellenic Caucus Co-Chairs Gus Bilirakis (Republican-Florida) and Carolyn Maloney (Democrat-New York) co-signed a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to release Yannis Vasilis Yaylali from Turkish prison.

By Alex Aliferis (30/11/2017).
 
These two Congressional members took a huge step to help release Yannis Vasilis Yaylali.
 
The letter calls for the release of Yannis Vasilis Yaylali and Andrew Brunson. On October 2016, Turkish authorities arrested American Christian Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey. It is fact that many ex-Muslims have secretly converted to Christianity.
 
Dr. Spyros Vryonis’ book called, The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and the Process of Islamization from the Eleventh Through the Fifteenth Century (1971), documents with Greek Orthodox Church archive records how many of these Turkish Muslims are actually Armenian, Assyrian, or Greek Christians whose ancestors converted to Islam under the Turkish sword. In addition, the Turks stole Christian male babies from the European lands to be raised as Turkish Muslim soldiers called the Janissaries. Many churches and priests converted to Islam to escape death in the early part of the Turkish Muslim conquest of Christian Asia Minor. Turks would enslave Christian populations and sell them into the Ottoman Empire slave markets in North Africa and the Middle East. Christian women were kidnapped and forced to marry Muslim Turkish men. The Ottoman Empire Sultans and Pashas kidnapped Christian women for sex slavery in the Turkish harems. The majority of today’s Turkish mosques are ex-Orthodox Christian churches (Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian). However, there is a secret mass conversion to Christianity in today’s Turkey back to its original Christian roots.(see editor's note below)
 
Washington DC is getting involved to help release Yannis Vasilis Yaylali for the simple crime of Free Speech and being a proclaimed ethnic Greek peace activist.
 
Turkish police arrested Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı (pictured), an ethnic Greek peace activist born in Samsun, Pontos, Turkey, in the Kurdish city of Şırnak, where he had been living since 2012.
 
 
The police arrested Yannis on April 22, 2017; the same day he posted an article to remember the Greek Genocide of his ancestors. 3.5 million Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks were eliminated by Turks from 1914 to 1923. The same genocide that killed his family in Pontos and over 1.1 million Greeks across mainland Turkey.
 
The Turkish authorities filed three charges against Yannis. His first charge is for “insulting the President”.  His second charge is “inciting people to disobey laws”. The third charge is “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”.  On September 26, Yanni appeared in Turkish court for these charges. The authorities also arrested his girlfriend.
 
You see there is no Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Press in Turkey. Freedom does not exist in Turkey. For years, the Washington D.C. Deep State and Fake News media (CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, etc.) praised Turkey as a “Model Democracy of the Middle East”.
 
President Trump and the US State Department have assisted in the release of American citizens in China, North Korea, and Egypt.
 
Who is Yannis Vasilis Yaylali?
 
Yannis, who was born Ibrahim Yaylalı, is a former Turkish nationalist. In 1994, he joined the Turkish military as a commando to fight the Kurds at the height of the Kurdish drive for independence with Ocalan’s PKK rebellion. During a clash with the PKK in Sirnak, he was held captive for over three years by Kurdish rebels. After his family found out his ordeal, they sought assistance from Turkish authorities. The Turkish authorities responded that they were Greek and were threatened.
He found his true identity is Greek not Turkish.
 
In 2013, Yannis changed his Turkish name in Turkish court to Greek, Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı. 
 
According to Yanni in an interview with Siyasi Haber:
 
I went to court to change my name. And this is done with money. In countries such as ours, they create special difficulties for you when you want to embrace a non-Turkish name. They want two witnesses. My friends who know I am Greek became my witnesses. But when you want to investigate your state register of persons, they introduce new obstacles. You can only investigate up to two generations before: You, your father and your grandfather. I applied with my father. We learned that my grandfather’s father’s name was Konstantin. Their village is in Bafra. The state archives also say that the state attacked and killed the Greek people there. Konstantin was also murdered and my grandfather, who was three back then, was given to a Turkish family instead of a Greek orphanage. Similar things were also done during the Dersim and Armenian massacres. Orphans were given to Turkish families.
 
His grandfather was renamed “Mehmet” by the Turkish family.
 
In a Democrat Haber article in Turkish, Yanni Vasilis Yaylali said, “I love how Yannis is pronounced. And Vasilis was an influential person among Greeks of the Black Sea region who carried out the first self-defense, partisan organization in the face of the attacks against Greeks.”
Yanni gave birth to the Hidden Greek movement in Turkey.
 
Yannis explained in past blog article posts that there are a lot of people like him who would like to return to their roots, but live in fear. “People can call me Ibrahim, or they can call me Yannis. But the thing is there are so many people like me. But they cannot come out because they are scared. I want to give them courage. I am not calling on people to be nationalistic but they should embrace their values and identities,” he explained.
 
It is time for Greeks to make calls to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at 202-647-5291 to take action on the Nov 13th letter sent by Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to free Yannis Vasilis Yaylali and Pastor Andrew Brunson. Greeks who are citizens in Germany, Russia, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Greece, and other nations need to take action by their contacting parliament members, and foreign ministry to Free Yannis Vasilis Yaylali and Pastor Andrew Brunson.
 
Pray that both are released from prison.
 
Learn more About Yannis Vasilis Yaylali:
 
       1. Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı Blog in Turkish: http://bit.ly/2u73kxo
 
       2. To Read More about Yanni: Armenian Weekly, “Evolution of Yannis”, 6/23/2017: http://bit.ly/2sZ1JeQ
 
       3. Turkish Article on Yanni Vasilis Yaylali: Democrat Haber, 2014: http://bit.ly/2tukveB
        
       4. Yanni on Greek Genocide Remembrance speaking in Turkish, May 19, 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebKheq7CuIU
 
       5.  Greek Article on Yannis Vasilis Yaylali by Savvas Kalenteridis: http://infognomonpolitics.blogspot.com/2016/12/yaylali.html
 
       6. Article on Yannis Vasilis Yaylaliby Alex Aliferis: https://hellenicnews.com/free-yannis-birth-hidden-greek-movement-turkey/
 
       7. Video of Turks Converting to Christianity in Turkey:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG_JP4qjTQ8
 
       8. Dr. Spyros Vryonis' Book, The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and the Process of Islamization from the Eleventh Through the
Fifteenth Century (1971)
 
Alex Aliferis has worked in Washington D.C. on issues linked to Greece, and Cyprus, as well as activating and mobilizing America's ethnic Greek voters for Republican candidates. Alex is also focused on strengthening bilateral ties between Greece and the U.S.A.

Editor's note: Pontosworld is of the view that this statement is untrue. There is no mass conversion to Christianity in today's Turkey. We have contacted the author for evidence of this 'mass conversion' and he was unable to provide any.