ASIA/TURKEY - In the language of Turkish politicians the anti-Armenian sentiment resurfaces

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 discrimination  

Istanbul (Agenzia Fides) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused the Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) of "collaboration", comparing them with "gangs of Armenians who were collaborators of the Russians", with an explicit reference to historical events in which exterminations of Armenians were carried out in Anatolia in 1915. The comparison was used by the Turkish prime minister in a public speech, delivered in the city of Bingol on 27 February. In that context, Davutoglu said that the Kurds of the PKK are collaborators, "just like the gangs of Armenians who collaborated with the Russians".
A few days later, the mayor of the town of Askale, Enver Basharan, relaunched the statements of the Prime Minister and publicly thanked "our ancestors who cleared this land and threw out the Armenians".
The accusation of pro-Russian collaboration towards the Armenian community of the Ottoman Empire is part of a plan with which the Turkish official historiography tries to resize the extermination of Armenians and other ethnic minority groups planned by the Young Turks in the context of the First World War. The Turkish site reports that groups of human rights activists filed a lawsuit in the courthouse in Istanbul against Minister Davutoglu, because of his anti-Armenian statements. The same groups of activists issued a statement to the local media in which they report that the Turkish military operations unleashed in recent months in the Kurdish regions of the Country are also accompanied by punitive measures against the Armenians, with army vehicles that travel the roads of towns and villages intimidating slogans against what is called "Armenian scum". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 09/03/2016)

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