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Turkish prosecutors launch probe into Diyarbakır Bar Association over Armenian genocide statement
28/04/2021, 15:24

DUVAR ENGLISH

Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into the Diyarbakır Bar Association over a statement it released on April 24, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Executives of the bar association are facing charges of “insulting the Turkish nation, the Turkish Republic, the state’s institutions and organs.”

Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into the Diyarbakır Bar Association over a statement it published on the Armenian genocide.

The bar’s president and board members are facing charges of “insulting the Turkish nation, the Turkish Republic, the state’s institutions and organs.”

The bar’s president, Nahit Eren, slammed the investigation on his Twitter account, saying: “While the Diyarbakır Bar Association is defending everyone’s freedom of speech to the end, it will not limit its own freedom of speech due to the oppression and investigation.”

“The ‘Armenian Deportation’ which started on April 24, 1915 has marked the beginning of one of the most painful calamities of our social history. This is why April 24 is one of the darkest days of the Armenian nation who has scattered around the world’s every corner,” the bar’s statement said.

Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces in World War One, but denies the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute genocide.

On April 24, U.S. President Joe Biden has become the first American president to recognize the Armenian genocide, a move that has sparked outrage in Ankara.

 
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