Azerbaijan Sabotages Canadian Websites
November 19, 2014
The websites of several Armenian-Canadian organizations were hacked
on Nov. 16 and Azerbaijani propaganda was placed on the sites, reports
the Armenian National Committee of Canada. Among the sites attacked
were the "Horizon" weekly and the ANCC website. The latter has called
on Canadian, provincial and regional governments to strongly condemn
such heinous and racist acts.
"We need the Canadian governmental actors to publicly condemn these
acts as they are becoming more and more frequent. This is not the
first time that Armenian-Canadian websites have been violated by Azeri
and Turkish hackers," said Dr. Girair Basmajian, president of the
ANCC. "Other similar violent incidents took place in 2008, where
members of Armenian youth organizations were threatened with sword and
blood by Turkish and Turkic ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves."
The ANCC said the latest attack is "all the more troubling as it took
place only days after the Nov. 12 brutal shooting of an unarmed
helicopter in Nagorno Karabakh Republic, killing all three Armenians
on board. "This is yet another example of Azerbaijan violating the
peace treaty of 1994," added Dr. Basmajian.
"On the eve of the Centennial of the Genocide of the Armenians, it is
appalling that more violence is being directed against Armenians. We
seem to be witnessing an escalation of violence here on Canadian soil
as well," said the president of ANCC.
The ANCC also pointed out that after "last spring's dangerous action
by Ottawa police in allowing provocative Turkish protestors to
confront and disrupt the Armenian community's annual Genocide
commemoration events by celebrating and dancing with loud music, we
are particularly concerned that Canada be proactive in not tolerating
or encouraging confrontation. Armenian Genocide deniers should not be
given permission by Ottawa Police to silence a peaceful commemoration
As a country advocating peace and human rights Canada should step up,
take action and prevent any escalation of violence, said the ANCC.