Pro-Kurdish HDP urges Turkey to face up to Armenian Genocide

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Saturday released a statement on the 106th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, urging Turkey to confront the genocide, Arti Gercek news site reported.

"Turkey has to face up to the Armenian Genocide,” the HDP statement said, adding that “the great crime went unpunished, discrimination and hate crimes have thus became commonplace”.

“The Armenian Genocide took place in these lands and its account must be rendered in these lands, the statement noted.

The HDP statement commemorated the genocide victims.

“On the 106th anniversary, we feel the genocide against the Armenians, the autochthonous people of these lands, the great catastrophe and human tragedy in our hearts, and we remember the murdered with respect and mercy."

In the meantime, Turkey’s Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun slammed the HDP statement.

In a tweet, Altun said: “Our long and glorious history is our pride. Your short and dark history is full of embarrassment. Your history is the history of a separatist terrorist organization! "

 

On March 17, Turkey’s top prosecutor submitted an indictment for the closure of the HDP to the country’s Constitutional Court, accusing the second largest opposition party of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The PKK is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. It has waged a violent insurgency against the Turkish state for Kurdish autonomy since 1984.

Armenians consider April 24 to mark the beginning of the mass deaths, acknowledged as the first genocide of the 20th century by a majority of scholars. The date comes from the deportation of Armenian intellectuals from Istanbul.

Turkey acknowledges mass deportations and deaths of Armenians in 1915, but rejects the classification of genocide and maintains the number was much lower than the academic consensus of 1.5 million people.