Apr 25 2018

Police detain 3 during Armenian genocide commemoration in İstanbul

Three people holding signs containing the word ‘genocide’ during a commemoration ceremony for the Armenian genocide were detained by the police, Armenian weekly Agos reported.

During an event held by Turkey’s Human Rights Association (IHD) Anti-Racism and Discrimination Commission on April 24, which marks the mass killings of Ottoman Armenians in 1915, in İstanbul’s Sultanahmet district, three people whose signs had the word ‘genocide’ on them were handcuffed and detained by the police, the weekly said.

İHD’s İstanbul Branch Administrative Committee members Leman Yurtsever, Jiyan Tosun and Gamze Yaman were detained for two hours before being released, İHD officials explained in a statement following the incident.

‘’If you go as far as banning the expression of words, what could possibly be the next step?’’ the association said while addressing the press.

Turkey officially denies that the measures taken by the Ottoman Empire against its Armenian population during the First World War constituted genocide.