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Syrian Armenians kidnapped on Syria-Turkey border


The kidnappings of the Syrian Armenians continue on the Turkish border. This was reported to Armenpress by the employee of the Aleppo’s Kantsasar Weekly Zarmik Poghikyan. “On July 28 in the morning a small bus left from Aleppo to Turkey, in which there were 3 Armenian families – 7 women and 2 teenagers. On the Turkish border the bus was made to stop. The militants kidnapped the 14 and 12-year-old children and released the women, who are in Turkey now. We have no information about the young people for now”, – said Zarmik Poghikyan.

During the last week the Syrian Armenians suffered considerable losses: in the result of the bus attack an Armenian woman was killed, 17 people were wounded. A child was wounded by a random bullet and on July 26 four Armenian men were kidnapped by the militants and Armenian women were directed to a pub in a Turkish province instead of coming to Yerevan.

By the UN data, during the two-year bloodshed in Syria by April 2013 more than 100 thousands of people have fallen victims. Currently 4,5 million refugees live in Syria and 1,5 million – in the neighboring countries. Several tens of Armenians have been killed in the result of the collisions. Notwithstanding that difficult situation, many Syrian Armenians continue leaving in Syria. The governmental forces try to liberate Aleppo from the opposition. Every day heated collisions and bombings are taking place, causing sufferings of the peaceful population, the Armenians as well. As a result of the recent explosions three Armenians were wounded.

Turquie : le génocide arménien non grata à Gezi Park


Depuis plusieurs jours, la place Taksim et le parc Gezi sont au centre de la contestation stambouliote. Autour des écologistes, des libertaires et des étudiants de la première heure, s’est agrégé un ensemble hétéroclite réunissant un grand nombre d’associations kémalistes, voire même ultra-nationalistes. Il n’est dès lors pas étonnant d’observer de temps à autre un durcissement des positions, entre l’extrême-gauche et les mouvements pro-kurdes, face aux nationalistes kémalistes et aux ultras qui bénéficient désormais du soutien des supporters de clubs de football. Tous ces mouvements – que tout oppose en réalité – se retrouvent uniquement autour de leur commune dénonciation du régime d’Erdogan. L’ambiance de kermesse libertaire et sympathique n’était pas de mise dimanche : c’est même dans un contexte tendu que l’inauguration symbolique au sein du parc Gezi, d’un monument en hommage au génocide arménien, initiée par le mouvement anti-raciste turc DurDe, a dû être annulée in extremis suite aux menaces et invectives fascistes. Les nationalistes étaient, comme par un fait exprès, très nombreux ce 9 juin dans le parc.

Le groupe arménien Nor Zartonk d’Istanbul se revendique de l’esprit de résistance   de Missak Manouchian.
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Taksim ne se rendra pas ! (suite des évenements en Turquie)


Depuis une semaine la tension continue de monter, contrairement aux affirmations des journalis­tes et malgré les appels à la paix du gouvernement. Mécontents de la médiatisation dont jouit la révolte et par la force qu’elle acquiert, les membres de l’AKP s’engagent dans la lutte au côté de la police, pour leur servir d’auxiliaire. Ainsi ils participent au passage à tabac des personnes inter­pellé-e-s et aux attaques des rassemblements anti-Erdogan. Read more »

Armenian Factor In Protests In Turkey And Azerbaijan


The Armenian factor is acquiring more significance in the context of ongoing processes in Turkey and Azerbaijan. The reason is not the money spent by the Armenian government to throw a monkey wrench into the affairs of the neighboring countries. All happens automatically because, despite the genocide, displacement and other methods, the Armenian spirit is still alive in these countries. Appeals to restore the monument to the Armenian genocide were voiced in Taksim Square in Istanbul which used to be an Armenian cemetery for centuries. The monument was established in 1919 and was demolished in 1940. It was stated in the square that the stairs in the Gezi Park were built from Armenian gravestones. Turkish authorities blamed everyone for the protests in Gezi Park, including extremists, foreign forces and the West. Armenians have not been mentioned among the organizers yet. Meanwhile, in Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev called Rustam Ibrahimbekov, his future opponent in the next presidential elections, a henchman of Armenians. Read more »

Thousands Bring Gezi Parkı Resistance to A New Day



Leaving behind Day 8 of Gezi Parkı Resistance, thousands are bringing the resistance to a new day. Scores joined Gezi Park by the late hours of the night. We hear a lot of people saying “We come here after work”. Though it gets harder to find each other after a certain time. This is where all banners step in. You can hear “I am in front of ‘Tayyip resign’ banner “ or “I am right at ‘Revolution’”. The non-violent tone is still dominant among crowds. Many listen to John Lennon’s words on how the only authorities can’t deal is non-violent protests and humor. Read more »

Armenians participate in Istanbul protests


The Nor Zartonk (New Awakening) movement of Istanbul Armenians is taking part in the resistance that had started to preserve the city’s Gezi Park.

Nor Zartonk @Taksim

During the respective demonstrations, the movement’s supporters are holding banners that read: “Surp Hagop [Saint Jacob] Armenian Cemetery: 1551-1939. You captured our graveyard, but you can’t capture our park!” and “Equality, Brotherhood, Peace, Freedom. Nor Zartonk.”

Nor Zartonk @Taksim

To note, there was an Armenian cemetery, from 1551 to 1939, in the area of Gezi Park nearby Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Subsequently, the Divan Hotel and the aforesaid park were constructed where the cemetery once stood.

Graves in the Park: Notes from the ‘Bolis’ Uprising

The Armenian Weekly

I haven’t had time to digest what I saw this past week on the heels of my first journey to the womb of Armenian civilization: Van/Vaspurakan. Dikranakert. Kharpert, the fabled green villages of Bitlis, and the hinterlands of Palu and Sakrat. My fellow travelers, now brothers and sisters for life, trekked across these majestic and cruel roads that hold many secrets. The stubborn rocks jetting from the earth gave us anchor. The mud-covered ruins inside the Armenian cemetery in Edremit in Van, though, put holes in our hearts as we stood before it, bulldozed and abandoned, next to the fresh asphalt of a curving street. It was not development. It was erasure. Rest assured that the bones, now dust, still silently scatter on spirits like us who wander through these roads seeking ancestral root. Not politics, nor the millions spent on genocide denial, can change what remains in the crevices of these stones, where our dead lie buried and anonymous but never forgotten. Perhaps that is the last defense of a people that has been erased from its historic cradle—to hold a flame to memory and preserve what remains of a civilization that flourished once upon a time in Historic Armenia. Read more »

Names of Lost Armenian Villages Read in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square

The Armenian Weekly

It’s April 24, 2013. In Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul. People have gathered in front of the Turkish-Islamic Arts Museum which, in 1915, served as the Central Prison that held Armenian intellectuals kept before they were sent to their deaths. But something very unusual is happening. From a loudspeaker, people hear some Armenian names of places. The names of lost Armenian villages. The voice says: “Vaspuragan province… Avants… Lezk… Shahbaghi… Akhzia… Shoushants… Kouroubash… Gentanants… Pertag… Dzevestan… Ardamed… Tarman… Vosgepag…”

Names of destroyed Armenian villages

There are big panels on the wall, showing these names and the provinces or districts they are connected to. People come and take photographs. I recognize some of them; Armenians from abroad with a delegation are visiting Istanbul for the commemoration activities, taking photographs of these names from a certain province. I guess these are the provinces of their ancestors. Read more »

Cultural preservation through radio broadcasting


Some 18 languages spoken in Turkey are threatened with disappearance, but if Nor Radio has anything to stay about it, Anatolia will live on as the multicultural mosaic it has always been.

Founded in 2009, the station broadcasts in rare languages Homshetsi, Laz, Adyghe, Chechen and Pomak, in addition to Kurdish, Armenian, Georgian and Turkish. Staff members see themselves as protecting the country’s cultural heritage from oblivion.

“We support the communities that wish to learn and speak their mother tongue,” Murat Gozoglu, chief broadcast director at Nor Radio, told SES Türkiye. “For instance, Kurds want to have mother language rights. We contribute to that by preserving the language.” Read more »

Diyarbakir Military Court Resumes Trial Investigating Death of Turkish-Armenian Soldier



On January 25, a military court in Diyarbakir province resumed the trial of Kıvanç Ağaoğlu , the alleged killer of Turkish-Armenian soldier Sevag Balıkçı during their compulsory military service on April 24, 2011.

Sevag Balıkçı was killed in Batman, southeastern Turkey where he was serving his last 23 days as a conscripted private. Official military reports have consistently claimed that the Armenian was killed unintentionally during a “friendly prank”. Read more »