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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

Attempt of kidnapping ethnic Armenian woman in Istanbul

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13:06 - 13.01.13

An attempt to kidnap an Armenian woman has failed in Istanbul,
Armenian-Turkish paper Agos, based in Istanbul reports.

The paper says the incident follows the murder of an ethnic Armenian
Maritza Kucuk in Istanbul's Samatya district.
The woman was going to attend the Christmas liturgy while on the way
to the church an attempt was made to forcibly sit in a car. The woman
managed to escape and upon reaching the church applied to the police.

Earlier Agos reported that days before the murder of Armenian woman in
Samatya, another attack against ethnic Armenian woman was committed as
a result of which she lost an eye. The paper says police and
responsible bodies are suspiciously silent.

The witnesses of the kidnap attempt say that a white car approached
the old woman with three men in it. First they asked her whether she
knows a woman named Fathman, then they said they are distributing aid
and were persuading the woman to sit in the car. The woman refused and
reached the church.

The non-official response of the police is already known. Speaking to
Agos they said they are doing everything to reveal the murder, adding
that about 20 police squads are working over the case.

The police claim the possibility of murder on ethnic belonging is very
small and refuted the information about cross made on the body of the
victim with a knife.

The residents of the district though say that until the murder and
other crimes are not disclosed they will not be calm.

`Both adults and children have psychological problems. We have warned
my old mom not to talk to anyone,' one of the residents, Anahit
Firincin said.

Another resident Varduhi Gyozoglu described what happens there with
the beginning of 1915.

`We are all in fear, thinking whether our turn is to come or not. We
cannot leave the house and are afraid to open the door. Do these
attacks mean the 1915 returns? We wish these crimes be revealed very
quickly,' she said.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

Another elderly Armenian woman is severely beaten in Istanbul

Posted ImageJanuary 23, 2013 | 16:22


Another elderly Armenian woman was assaulted, on Tuesday evening, in Istanbul’s densely-Armenian-populated Samatya district.
The woman was attacked nearby a local police precinct. The assailant was around 35 years old and he was wearing black clothes.
It is noted that the Armenian woman was severely beaten. As a result, her glasses were broken and its glass caused damage to the woman’s eye; she underwent a surgery on Wednesday morning.
Istanbul Office of the Human Rights Association of Turkey called for a demonstration, on Wednesday at 4pm, against violence taking place on xenophobic grounds.
To note, this is the third such attack against elderly Armenian women in Samatya.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

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Edited by Zartonk, 23 January 2013 - 12:27 PM.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

Cowards are able to attack only elderly women, that says a lot.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

Gamavor jamanakin mi lav ban er asum e .. vonst er asum chem hishum bayst te lav er asum

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

Hello to all members.
Long time ago lot of us like myself we saw danger living in Turkey and left , day and night I think that I made right decision. I wonder why this people still living in danger zone.
My Best Regards To All.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

BREAKING: Two Armenian Women Attacked in Istanbul in Past 24 Hours



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Two Armenain women were attacked in Turkey in two days
ISTANBUL—Two elderly Armenian women were attacked in Istanbul’s Samatya district on Jan 22 and 23, less than a month after an 84-year-old Armenian woman was brutally murdered in Istanbul, raising the number of violent attacks against elderly Armenian women to at least four in recent months.
The Jan. 22 attack happened around 5 p.m. when the victim, 83-year-old Sultan Aykar was about to enter her ground-floor apartment. She then saw an intruder, frightened, she fell. The attacker proceeded to kick her. Hearing her screams, neighbors came down, scaring off the masked man, reported Bianet. The neighbors described the attacker as a male between the ages of 35 and 40, with gray hair, and dressed in black. During the attack, Aykar suffered damage to her eye. She has now lost sight in that eye, despite surgery on Jan. 23. The victim’s daughter, Menzar Etik, said her mother did not have any enemies, as she was a quiet woman. Etik did not believe the attacker’s intention was robbery, as the attacker did not attempt to steal her purse, and there was nothing more than a broken TV in her apartment.
Today (Jan. 23), another attack was reported on yet another elderly Armenian woman. This time the attack happened on the street, near the Samatya High School, sources reported. The two assailants ran away. The victim’s was covered with blood. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared. Community members and plainclothes policemen have been unable to find or identify the woman.
The Armenian Weekly could not independently confirm the report on today’s attack.
The Samatya area is home to many Armenians. The community is weary of these attacks, and there are calls for caution have been made.
In recent years, there have been several attacks against Armenians in Turkey. In early December another Armenian woman was attacked and robbed; while months earlier an Armenian woman was attacked by a taxi driver and called an infidel.
On Jan. 6, three assailants tried to kidnap an elderly Armenian woman, according to Turkish sources. The attempt failed.
According to human rights activists, the common thread that runs through all of these crimes is not just their being motivated by hate or being committed in an environment that breeds intolerance against Armenians, but also the efforts of the authorities to play them down and cover them up.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:25 PM

Hello to all members.
Long time ago lot of us like myself we saw danger living in Turkey and left , day and night I think that I made right decision. I wonder why this people still living in danger zone.
My Best Regards To All.


Hello dear Arshak, and welcome!

What part of Turkey did you live in?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

TURKEY RIGHTS WATCHDOG CONCERNED OVER ASSAULTS AGAINST ARMENIAN WOMEN

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Turkey's Human Rights Association (IHD) has expressed concerns over
the continuing violence against ethnic Armenian women in Istanbul's
Samatia district, the Radikal reported.

In a statement following the Wednesday incident that saw an Armenian
woman assaulted and brutally injured, the organization says an
organized group may be behind the assaults.

The head of the Association's Istanbul department, Umit Efe was
quoted as saying that the chain of violent acts might be motivated
by racist policies.

"The signs are the same, with the targets being elderly, helpless
women. The death of Maritsa Kucuk and the assaults against the three
other women add to our concerns," he said.

The police, according to him, work day and night to resolve and
prevent the crimes.

"We expressed our concerns that the attacks occur repeatedly and pursue
an organized scheme. We will see to it that the cases are resolved,"
said Efe.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

Issue of violence against Armenian women raised in Turkish Parliament
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YEREVAN, JANUARY 25, ARMENPRESS: Vice President of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party Umut Oran has raised the issue of two cases of violence against elderly Armenian women in Turkish Parliament. Armenpress reports referring to “haberx.com” news agency.
Referring to the incidents, Turkish deputy raised the following questions during his speech: “Are the attacks organized or individual? Who are the authors of the violence? What actions must be initiated in order to ensure the security of Samatia residents?”
Already 5 Armenian elderly women have been attacked in Samatia district of Istanbul since December, 2012. One of them was tortured and killed in her house; a cross was carved on her body. Other two lost their eye in a result of severe attack.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

TURKISH AUTHORITIES REMAIN SILENT WHILE ATTACKS ON ARMENIANS CONTINUE - AGOS

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January 25, 2013 | 00:04

Attacks, that have taken place in recent years, and which are making
Istanbul Armenians terrified, continue to be ignored by the Turkish
authorities. This subject was again mentioned by the Istanbul Armenian
newspaper Agos in the article "Turkey is silent - attacks continue."

The correspondent of Agos writes:

The attacks on elderly Armenian women in Samatya were added by another
one. They do not find any trace of the murder of Maritza Kucuk and
attacks on elderly Armenian women continue, in the evening of January
22, at about 5p.m., 80-year-old Sultan Haykar was attacked. An Armenian
woman was beaten at the time she was entering into the building. The
assailant was dressed in black and was wearing a mask.

The women's screams were heard by the neighbors and they came to her
help, the assailant escaped. Eyewitnesses claim that on the corner
2 people were "following" the actions of the attacker.

Responses to the brutal murder on December 28, of Samata Maritza,
who lived alone in Kucuk, are still ongoing. Before she was killed,
she was also tortured.

After the latest attack, members of the union rights movement in Turkey
"Say no to racism and nationalism" and other public organizations
visited the police of Aksaray, talked for an hour with the officials
in the police, and then spoke at the press conference.

Chairman of the Istanbul branch of the Union of Human Rights in
Turkey Umit Efen said that they are concerned, as occuring one after
another attacks are similar to specially organized and carried out
actions on the ground of hate. He recalled the style of the attacks:
they occur against the elderly, defenseless Armenians.

Speaker of the "Say no to racism and nationalism" movement Cengiz
Algan stressed his concern that the attacks on the Armenian women
have been organized. He said that they have demanded a meeting with
the governor of Istanbul Hussein Avni Mutlu to discuss the mentioned
incidents and take preventive measures.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:30 AM

CONCERNS RISE AS ISTANBUL-ARMENIANS KEEP FACING VIOLENCE

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11:06 ~U 25.01.13

The Istanbul-Armenian community keeps remaining concerned over the
continuing violence against Armenians in the Samatya district.

The Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos has devoted a report to the recent
assault against an 80 year-old Armenian woman. It has brought up more
details of the incidents.

"The 80-year-old Sultan Akyar was entering the house when a masked man,
aged 35, assaulted her. The neighbors, who had heard the woman's voice,
rushed to the scene to save Akyar at the last moment. Injured on the
head and face, Akyar had her vision in the right eye deteriorated.

The witnesses, two young girls, said they had seen the perpetrator
smoking at the door-entrance. They had also noticed a car, with two
men leaning against it and 'reading a magazine' while keeping an eye
on the scene.

T
his witness evidence proves that the assault was pre-arranged,"
says the publication, adding that a Turkish parliamentarian from
the Republican People's Party (CHP) has sent a note to the country's
interior minister, Idris Naim Shahin, expressing concerns over the
assaults against the ethnic Armenians in the Istanbul district.

The CHP lawmaker is particularly interested to know whether the recent
acts of violence are linked to one another in any way and weather
they were committed pursuant to a dirty scheme. He asks the interior
minister what measures have been taken to ensure the security of the
Samatya Armenians.

Turkey's Human Rights Association has promised in a recent statement
to submit a report to the Interior Ministry in this connection.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:26 PM

Murders, attacks in Istanbul's Samatya district of racist nature -
Turkish Human Rights Organization

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Turkish Human Rights Organization (Ä°HD) has published a report about
the attacks on ethnic Armenians in Istanbul's Samatya district.

According to Istanbul-based Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos, the
report stresses that the attacks are of racist nature and demanded
that police intensify its activity.

`The victims of the attacks are alike ` they are old women of Armenian
descent. It is obvious that the aim of the attack is not robbery. Old
and weak women who may easily be `unharmed' beaten and subjected to
violation,' the head of the organization Meral Cildir said.

One of the reporters present at the news conference said on the day of
the attack on Sultan Aikar the local Greek church was stoned.

The report also presents the opinions of the Armenian residents of
Samatya. `The word Armenian is being used here as a bad word. As far
as it so the attacks will continue. Today people above 80, tomorrow
30, the other day 40,' one of them said.

Another resident stressed, `When for instance a Mustafa kills an
Osman, or Ahmet, he is being viewed as a criminal and is being treated
as a criminal in jail but when one kills Hakob, or Khachatur he
becomes a hero and is being treated as a hero in jail. This is the
difference.'

The report says that Armenian residents in Samatya are facing serious
danger. `The vulnerable class of a society are old, helpless people
needing care and attention, and the attackers targeted the most
sensitive, vulnerable and painful place for Armenians,' the report
runs.

The murder was not committed for robbery. The Armenian residents of
the district are living in fear. Despite the unwillingness to accept
it, the murders and attacks are manifestations of racism and
hostility.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

Another Armenian attacked in Istanbul

January 26, 2013 - 14:05 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Another Armenian woman wasattacked in Istanbul. The
family of the victims decided against calling police, in view of the
woman's light injuries, Turkish media say.

According to some sources, Sunday, Jan 27, Istanbul district of
Samatya will host a mass rally against increasing attacks on
Armenians.

Two elderly Armenian women were attacked in Samatya district of
Istanbul, Turkey, on Jan 22 and 23, less than a month after an
84-year-old Armenian woman was brutally murdered in Istanbul, raising
the number of violent attacks against elderly Armenian women to at
least four in recent months, Asbarez reported.

The Jan 22 attack happened around 5 pm when the victim, 83-year-old
Sultan Aykar was about to enter her ground-floor apartment. She then
saw an intruder, frightened, she fell. The attacker proceeded to kick
her. Hearing her screams, neighbors came down, scaring off the masked
man, according to Bianet news agency.

The neighbors described the attacker as a male between the ages of 35
and 40, with gray hair, and dressed in black. During the attack, Aykar
suffered damage to her eye. She has now lost sight in that eye,
despite surgery on Jan 23. The victim's daughter, Menzar Etik, said
her mother did not have any enemies, as she was a quiet woman. Etik
did not believe the attacker's intention was robbery, as the attacker
did not attempt to steal her purse, and there was nothing more than a
broken TV in her apartment.

On Jan 23, another attack was reported on yet another elderly Armenian
woman. This time the attack happened on the street, near the Samatya
High School, sources said. The two assailants ran away. The victim's
was covered with blood. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared. Community
members and plainclothes policemen have been unable to find or
identify the woman.

The Samatya area is home to many Armenians. The community is weary of
these attacks, and there are calls for caution have been made.

In recent years, there have been several attacks against Armenians in
Turkey. In early December another Armenian woman was attacked and
robbed; while months earlier an Armenian woman was attacked by a taxi
driver and called an infidel.

On Jan 6, three assailants tried to kidnap an elderly Armenian woman,
according to Turkish sources. The attempt failed.

According to human rights activists, the common thread that runs
through all of these crimes is not just their being motivated by hate
or being committed in an environment that breeds intolerance against
Armenians, but also the efforts of the authorities to play them down
and cover them up.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

When `Armenian' is swearword in Turkey, assaults against Armenians
will continue - report

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January 26, 2013 | 15:12

ISTANBUL. - Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Association of Turkey
and the country's `Say No to Racism and Nationalism' organization have
prepared a joint report with respect to the attacks that were carried
out, in the past two months, against elderly Armenian women in
Istanbul's densely-Armenian-populated Samatya district.

The report was presented during a joint conference by these two
organizations, and the document stressed that the factor of burglary
in these assaults is not credible, Radikal daily of Turkey reports.

Addressing the conference, Meral Cildir, a representative of the
Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Association of Turkey, noted that
it is said among the Turkish society that when the word `Armenian' is
used as a swearword in Turkey, the assaults against the country's
Armenians will continue.

`The report will be sent to the Ministry of the Interior. The murder
case of Marissa Kucuk must be investigated openly. The investigation
should not include the murder case alone but, also, the potential
connecting links should be considered.

A law must be immediately adopted to define racism as a crime. The
state itself has to prove that it does not back nationalists and
racists,' Cildir stated.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:42 AM

Don’t touch my Armenian neighbor!




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ISTANBUL. – The Democratic Peoples’ Congress of Turkey held a march Sunday to protest the recent attacks against Armenians, in Istanbul’s densely-Armenian-populated Samatya district, as a result of which an elderly Armenian woman was killed, two others lost one of their eyes, and an attempt was made to kidnap another.
Past and present MPs as well as Khosrov Dink, the brother of Hrant Dink—the founder and chief editor of Istanbul’s Agos Armenian bilingual weekly, who was gunned down in 2007 in front of his office building—and many others took part in the event, Agos reports.
During the march, the protesters held banners that read: “Don’t touch my Armenian neighbor!”, “Hatred is yours, humanity is ours”, and “We are with the Armenian people, we will not allow racism”.
At the end of the march, MP Ertugrul Kurkcu spoke at Samatya Square and stressed that the aforesaid attacks against Armenians were carried out as a result of xenophobia. Also, he raised a suspicion that the police may be responsible for these attacks.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:43 AM

urkish authorities remain silent while attacks on Armenians continue – Agos





Posted ImageJanuary 25, 2013 | 00:04


Attacks, that have taken place in recent years, and which are making Istanbul Armenians terrified, continue to be ignored by the Turkish authorities. This subject was again mentioned by the Istanbul Armenian newspaperAgos in the article “Turkey is silent - attacks continue.”
The correspondent of Agoswrites:
The attacks on elderly Armenian women in Samatya were added by another one. They do not find any trace of the murder of Maritza Kucuk and attacks on elderly Armenian women continue, in the evening of January 22, at about 5p.m., 80-year-old Sultan Haykar was attacked. An Armenian woman was beaten at the time she was entering into the building. The assailant was dressed in black and was wearing a mask. The women’s screams were heard by the neighbors and they came to her help, the assailant escaped. Eyewitnesses claim that on the corner 2 people were “following” the actions of the attacker.
Responses to the brutal murder on December 28, of Samata Maritza, who lived alone in Kucuk, are still ongoing. Before she was killed, she was also tortured.
After the latest attack, members of the union rights movement in Turkey “Say no to racism and nationalism” and other public organizations visited the police of Aksaray, talked for an hour with the officials in the police, and then spoke at the press conference.
Chairman of the Istanbul branch of the Union of Human Rights in Turkey Umit Efen said that they are concerned, as occuring one after another attacks are similar to specially organized and carried out actions on the ground of hate. He recalled the style of the attacks: they occur against the elderly, defenseless Armenians.
Speaker of the “Say no to racism and nationalism” movement Cengiz Algan stressed his concern that the attacks on the Armenian women have been organized. He said that they have demanded a meeting with the governor of Istanbul Hussein Avni Mutlu to discuss the mentioned incidents and take preventive measures.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:16 AM

Armenians jeopardized in Istanbul

Massacres of the Christian population of the Ottoman Empire and its
successor Turkey are an integral part of the country's domestic
policy.

Every now and then, Istanbul turns into a city that poses extreme
danger to Armenians. This does not mean it had been safe otherwise;
still, sometimes Armenians are facing really hard times. Massacres of
1955 which affected Armenians and Jews along with the Greeks were
meticulously planned within Turkey's state policy.

January 26, 2013


PanARMENIAN.Net - Massacres of the Christian population of the Ottoman
Empire and its successor Turkey are an integral part of the country's
domestic policy. Currently 98% of Istanbul population identify
themselves as ethnic Turks and name the Turkish language as their
mother tongue. Meanwhile, the origin of Istanbul citizens is quite
diverse, reflecting the complex migration processes in the Ottoman
Empire. Despite absolute prevalence of Turkish, the very Turkic
genetic element is not very significant among the inhabitants of
Turkey (let alone Istanbul), accounting for not more than one third.
This phenomenon can be explained by intense Islamization and
`Turkization' of non-Turkic nations, the Christians and Jews in the
first place who constituted most part of the city's population until
mid-15th century.

There are approximately 60 000 Armenians in Istanbul today who live in
constant fear. Assassination of Hrant Dink 6 years ago seemed to cool
down the Turkish nationalists; it did not happen, though. Actually,
this couldn't have happened anyway because neither the police nor the
state stirred a finger to protect the lives of their own citizens,
particularly when Armenians, number one enemy for the Turkish state
are involved. However, Istanbul Armenians do not want to put up with
it; they say they live in their homeland and are not Diaspora, which
is not quite true, in fact. Their homeland, namely Western Armenia was
lost long ago, and Armenians are tolerated in Istanbul through habit
or out of political necessity.

It should be reminded that one of the oldest members of Istanbul's
Armenian community, 85-year-old Maritsa Kucuk was brutally killed on
December 28, 2012. The old woman was beaten and stabbed, then
beheaded. Kucuk's son Zadik found her body. `It was dark inside when I
entered the house, and mom was lying on the floor. I thought she had
fallen down. Then I saw her body all in blood. She lay naked, and she
had a cross sign on her chest,' Zadik told Agos paper. Another elderly
Armenian woman was robbed and killed in early December 2012.

On January 6, three unknown people attempted to abduct another old
Armenian woman but failed to do this.

On January 10, IT teacher of the Armenian `Aramian' school Ilker
Shahin was found dead in his house in Istanbul. Shahin was stabbed in
the throat three days prior to being found.

Two elderly Armenian women were assaulted in Istanbul on January 22
and 23. Sultan Aykar, 83 was attacked and beaten near her house. The
masked aggressor was scared away by neighbours who heard Aykar's
cries. The witnesses described the attacker as a brunet aged 35-40
dressed in black. The attack left Aykar blind in one eye despite the
surgery she underwent. On January 23, two unidentified persons
attacked another old Armenian woman in the street near Samatia school;
they beat her and then left. According to eye-witnesses, the victim,
all in blood, hurried to leave, too. A criminal case is launched on
this incident; however, the practice of such proceedings in Turkey is
widely known by the example of Hrant Dink's murderer's trial.

With all this going on, the fact that Armenians, mostly women, go to
Turkey for work, mostly unskilled one and are actually unprotected,
cannot but cause concerns. There are no diplomatic relations between
Armenia and Turkey, and there hardly be any in the near future, so
Armenian citizens have no one to address in case of trouble. In this
regard, it is worth mentioning that Turkey is not the only option for
earning one's living. There are no guarantees that children of these
people also leaving for Turkey will maintain their Armenian identity.
They will definitely face assimilation, and those who survive will
just dissolve in the 70 million Turkic environment; that's the
reality.

The Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan changed the Minister for Internal
Affairs; the former mayor of Istanbul Muammer Guler has taken up the
position now. The move was hardly sparked by the recent assaults
against Armenians. Istanbul is facing constant terrorist attacks, and
Guler is expected to stop the wave of violence perhaps. He will hardly
succeed in this though; the Kurds, the perpetrators, are not going to
surrender until independent Kurdistan is proclaimed. This will mark
the end of Turkey which will simply fall to pieces burying the
Christians first.

Karine Ter-Sahakian

http://www.panarmeni...details/143001/

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

TURKISH STUDIES EXPERT SAYS CURRENT ATMOSPHERE IN TURKEY IS MUCH ALIKE THAT IN 1915

14:21 29/01/2013 " REGION

Anti-Christian atmosphere is developing in Turkey, in parallel with
the improvement of Turkish-Kurdish relations, Turkish studies expert
Artak Shakaryan told a news conference, commenting on the attacks of
Armenian women committed in recent months in Istanbul.

"It is difficult to say who the killer is, but it is a fact that those
killings are instigated by the nationalists," he said, adding that the
current atmosphere in Turkey is much alike that in 1915.

According to the expert, Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development
Party tries to form an internal front not only against the Armenians
but also against the entire Christian population so as to please the
nationalists and to gain additional political dividends.

Following elderly women, Armenian citizens living illegally in Turkey
are in danger, said the Turkish studies expert.

"They cannot apply to anyone for assistance because they know that
police will either demand bribes or will deport them to Armenia.

Armenian citizens will certainly be the next victims," said Shakaryan.

Source: Panorama.am

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:32 AM

ATTACKS LAUNCHED AGAINST ARMENIANS IN TURKEY ARE PLANNED: TURK COLUMNIST

12:38, 29 January, 2013

YEREVAN, JANUARY 29, ARMENPRESS: If several things as I mentioned in a
country like Turkey happens in a matter of weeks, we should have every
reason to believe that they are organized and somehow connected to
each other. Columnist Orhan Kemal Cengiz came forth with a statement,
Armenpress reports citing Today's Zaman.

Columnist rejects Armenian women attacked in the Samatya neighborhood
of Istanbul recently were due to robbery. All of whom were over 80 and
living alone. Even if the intent of the attackers was robbery, this
does not change the fact that there is an obvious racial hatred behind
these assaults. If their only purpose was to steal a few items from
these old ladies they could easily incapacitate the women without the
brutality. But instead they brutally beat and stabbed these women. An
Armenian intellectual, who does not want to reveal his identity, told
me that he barely managed to escape unscathed from a planned attack
by two youngsters who were sent by an ultranationalist who was angry
with some of the words that this Armenian intellectual had made on TV.

Some circles are frantically trying to create an atmosphere of
terror for non-Muslims in Turkey. When there was a comparable level
of activities against non-Muslims in 2006 and 2007, they ended up
in disaster with a string of murders of Christians: Father Andrea
Santoro in Trabzon, Hrant Dink in Istanbul and three Christians in
Malatya were killed.

Since the beginning of the Ergenekon investigation in 2007, we have
not witnessed such kinds of attacks against non-Muslims. Some cells
seemed to have been reactivated to give Christians a hard time once
again. I really hope that officials will grasp the severity and
gravity of the situation soon and act quickly in order to bring the
attackers and the people behind them to justice. This situation is
quite serious and alarming.




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