Posted by Fredsvenn den april 12, 2013
Pan-Turkism: Below, protesters climb the Republican Monument, chanting and bearing flags of Turkic countries, including Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.
Anti-Armenianism: The sign below reads “You’re all Armenian. You’re all bastards” – another sign mocking the Hrant Dink demonstrations.
The sign below reads “We’re all Turks, altogether”—mocking the circular signs held by participants in demonstrations decrying the murder of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
Turkey’s desire to champion human rights in the Middle East is a welcome development, but Mr. Erdogan’s condemnation of Syria is remarkably hypocritical. As long as Turkey continues to deny crimes committed against non-Turks in the early 1900s, during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, its calls for freedom, justice and humanitarian values will ring false.