An Istanbul-Armenian journalist attending a public forum in Yerevan on Friday addressed the Turkish society’s changing attitude to Genocide, considering it an important cornerstone in future efforts towards developing a dialogue.
“It was really unimaginable that the Turkish police could be entrusted with observing [public order] at the April 24 commemoration event to protect the marchers from Turkish nationalists. If we see 10,000 people gathering outside the French Embassy in Istanbul today for a commemoration event, not all of them should be thought to be Armenians. Their number may be as many as 500; all the rest are Turks and Kurds. Turkey has about five or six towns that do not absolutely have an Armenian population, but they do commemorate the Genocide,” he added.
Addressing the issue, Raffi Hermon Araks, another Turkish-Armenian journalist attending the event, called attention to the “empty half of the cup”.
“The Christians in Turkey are facing a kind of negative attitude or pressure so to say. Against Turkey’s collective symbolism, an [ethnic] minority remains a weak side. Those who suffer most losses in case of even the slightest panic are normally the ethnic minorities, mostly the Armenians,” he said.