Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Turkish government planning to wipe out Christian Armenian History with government expropriated land?
Turkish government planning to wipe out Christian Armenian History with government expropriated land? (AA).
Turkey has been making drastic decisions in different towns of the majority Kurdish southeast in the past few weeks. On March 21, Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) government hastily passed legislation referred to as “urgent expropriation of the Sur district” of Diyarbakir province. On March 26, the government's Official Gazette announced all the addresses of the properties to be expropriated.
But the Sur situation generated global reactions because of the town's history — so much so that Galip Ensarioglu, a prominent AKP parliamentarian, told the press that the US Embassy had called him asking about the reports. Ensarioglu said the reports amounted to a smear campaign spreading false information about the confiscation process. Others beg to differ.
Indeed, the story of Sur evolves around historic churches and citadels of the town, which are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Months of fighting with the Kurdistan Workers Party have left the region in ruins, and ambiguous government statements furthered the frustration of civilians who were obliged to leave their homes. One of the concerned groups is Armenian. About 110 years ago, the region’s population distribution shows Sur was an Armenian majority town.
As aerial images of Sur expropriations started circulating on social media, Armenians all around the world became concerned, particularly about one church that was reopened only in 2011.
Soon it became clear that several inalienable religious endowment properties, or waqf, along with the largest Armenian Church, St. Giragos Armenian Apostolic Church, were included on the list.
About 82% of the district is estimated to have been expropriated by the government. Hmmmm.....Rewriting History one of the favorite pass times of Islamists. Read the full story here.
‘Superpower’ Turkey seeks to protect cultural heritage https://t.co/STwn2BmHVD pic.twitter.com/JxpewL1ogd— Hürriyet Daily News (@HDNER) April 13, 2016