Protest in Istanbul against Syrian Genocide

Some 1,000 people, including Syrian immigrants living in Turkey, marched Friday in Istanbul to protest the injustice done to Syria’s people by President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The demonstrators gathered at the city’s Fatih Mosque after the Friday prayers and marched through Fevzipaşa Street to Saraçhane Park, carrying placards and chanting slogans against al-Assad. Photos of the Syrian leader were also burned by protesters at their last stop.

“The Syrian people deserve to live freely and honorably, like other people in the world,” Osman Atalay, an executive board member of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, or İHH, said in a press statement after the march, citing requests by the Syrian opposition.

He also said the bloodshed in the country had to be stopped as soon as possible and the authorities had to immediately halt torture and arbitrary arrests. “The foreign press must also be allowed to enter the country,” Atalay said.

A massacre is happening in Syria, according to Hamid Osmanoğlu, a Syrian migrant living in Turkey. He said wounded people could not be sent to hospitals, and those who were ended up being executed.

Representatives of the Association for Free Speech and Education Rights, or Özgür-Der, and the Association for Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples, or Mazlum-Der, which organized the protest along with the İHH, also made speeches after Osmanoğlu, likewise damning al-Assad. Protesters burned photos of the Syrian leader following the speeches.

Some 150 people also protested the Syrian government in the Southeastern Anatolian province of Diyarbakır on Friday, according to a report by the Doğan news agency, or DHA. A representative of the Diyarbakır branch of Turkey’s Religion and Foundation Workers Union, or Diyanet-Sen, urged the Turkish government to sever its relations with the present Syrian administration.

Hurrieyet

  • KachVartan

    Hypocrites!!! Have they forgotten about the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE? Another sad ploy to try to enter the EU, Why don’t you Turks recognize the first Genocide of the 20th Century if you care for humanity and the future of the world. You can’t hide the facts, unless of course they are referring to the genocide in Der Zohr and other areas of Syria where the Young Turks killed and raped innocent Armenian women and children. Until the Turks accept their past atrocities, they should shut their collective mouths and go stone a girl who allegedly cheated on her husband…uneducated animals…

    • Mosetsfire

      Ok, no offense because I definitely do not support what happened to the Armenians, but that was the beginning of the 20th century and Turkey has undergone a revolution since then and overthrown the ottoman empire which committed those atrocities… It seems a bit ignorant to discredit their push for human rights based on actions that occured 3-4 generations before this group of Turks took to the street.

    • Rafic

      Kach Vartan I agree with you 110% how people can be so blindly hypocrites. If a Tueks mentions the Armenian Genocide or let alone demonstrate can be sued by Government.

    • Beiruti

      Forgive but don’t forget. You are clearly changing my words to suit you i never stated half the stuff you just talked about. Your anger is obviously overwhelming you. Speaking of Arabs excepting Israel? Egypt, Jordan What are you doing on a Lebanese news site anyways? Ever since the 70s when i was a teenager in Lebanon i heard you Armenians complaning for your land, now you have your land, you guys should go from Lebanon theres like 200,000 of you guys here. If you love your land so much. Armenia needs you its lacking a decent population for its size.

      • Leborigine

        My apologies Beiruti, even though we agree on most topics occasionaly, I disagree with you this time.
        The Armenians in Lebanon are more Lebanese than a lot of lebanese I know. They are hard workers, they are not trouble makers, they are clean, they are passive and have a beautiful culture which they have shared with us. Unlike a lot of others that have ‘sat in’ in our country, like the “you know who” the jarab, they should go to their homeland first and stop sucking the Lebanese economy dry. The turks on the other hand, I personally do not see eye to eye with them. If this generation is different to their ancestors, then they should recognise and apologise for the Armenian genocide.
        I work at the Ford factory in Victoria, Australia and there are a lot of turks and syrians who work there, you will be surprised at the level of hatred they have for us Lebanese, considering the rivalry they have for each other. Low life scums if you ask me!

        • goscrewurself

          Without asking you, I definitely call U a low life scum.

      • Leborigine

        It is somewhat true, mostly in Kings Cross in Sydney. I lived there for a couple of years and it was like hell. The Lebanese controlled the drug trade and fought against each other. In Melbourne we had a couple of Lebanese drug dealers, but they were only smalltime.
        The major reason for the hatred though is not because of the drug dealing, it is because of the pack rapes commited by the Lebanese youth, the refusal to assimilate and the way they look down at the people who are hosting us.

    • goscrewurself

      Ok . The Armenians fought with the crusaders and murdered hundreds of thousands of Muslim women and children. Besides it was the Kurds who fought the Armenians supporting the Ottoman empire and allegedly carried out the killing..It scum like you trying to capitalise on alleged blood money who call us that ‘uneducated animals. Listen scum, there are millions of armenians sponging off the muslim world. But we don’t descend to your level of abusing and hating them. Go suck a russian d..k.

      • Leborigine

        Unless you work at the factory and have attacked Lebanese verbally, you have no right to judge me as I was refering to them. If not, then I have one word for you ‘GOSCREWURSELF”.

  • Anonymous

    Hypocrites!!! Have they forgotten about the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE? Another sad ploy to try to enter the EU, Why don’t you Turks recognize the first Genocide of the 20th Century if you care for humanity and the future of the world. You can’t hide the facts, unless of course they are referring to the genocide in Der Zohr and other areas of Syria where the Young Turks killed and raped innocent Armenian women and children. Until the Turks accept their past atrocities, they should shut their collective mouths and go stone a girl who allegedly cheated on her husband…uneducated animals…

    • Ok, no offense because I definitely do not support what happened to the Armenians, but that was the beginning of the 20th century and Turkey has undergone a revolution since then and overthrown the ottoman empire which committed those atrocities… It seems a bit ignorant to discredit their push for human rights based on actions that occured 3-4 generations before this group of Turks took to the street.

      • Anonymous

        Masri, i couldnt reply to the other post because it didnt let me. I didnt mean literally that Islam is “The Problem” i should have rephrased it better, i think that combining Islam with State isn’t a smart idea because people tend to pervert these things. Even the combination of Church and State caused big disasters in Europe, most notibly the Spanish Civil War and the French Revolution were due to combination of Church and State. Religion should stay in the Church or Mosque and that just personlly my opinion. But yes we are great allies on this site and we should continue to be 🙂 down with Hezbollah. Speaking of this article the people here should stop speaking against the Turks, i think its great that a country with such a horrific past is standing up against this brutality in Syria, i dont find it hypocritical. I agree with you on this. These people have to understand that you cant point your finger at all the Turks for the Armenian Genocide, just as you cant point your finger at al the Germans for the Holocaust. Night 😉

        • Anonymous

          Ignorance, You say that Armenians can’t point their finger at the Turks? Let’s elaborate….Ignorance only comes from those who are uneducated and brainwaished by religious propaganda. I speak of TRUTH with evidence of the millions of armenian deaths, turks have always wanted to wipe Armenia off the map, yet Armenia still Exists. The day the Armenians stop speaking agaisnt the Turks, is the same day the Muslim world accepts Israel. Israel was formed in 1948, generations ago….why don’t you take your own advice, “You people have to understand you can’t point your fingers at ALL the Jews and the western countries for the jews having control of the holy land in Israel.” Israel being located on palestinian lands is exeactly the same as Turkey being on Armenian lands (EX.. ARARAT). Maybe if we take your advice, the Armenians should forget about all the massacred victims and their land and the Muslims can do the same regarding Israel and all the muslims who died at the hands of Israeli agression. Now shall we use your rationale and thought process or will you now prove to be the TRUE hyprocite?

        • Anonymous

          Ignorance, You say that Armenians can’t point their finger at the Turks? Let’s elaborate….Ignorance only comes from those who are uneducated and brainwaished by religious propaganda. I speak of TRUTH with evidence of the millions of armenian deaths, turks have always wanted to wipe Armenia off the map, yet Armenia still Exists. The day the Armenians stop speaking agaisnt the Turks, is the same day the Muslim world accepts Israel. Israel was formed in 1948, generations ago….why don’t you take your own advice, “You people have to understand you can’t point your fingers at ALL the Jews and the western countries for the jews having control of the holy land in Israel.” Israel being located on palestinian lands is exeactly the same as Turkey being on Armenian lands (EX.. ARARAT). Maybe if we take your advice, the Armenians should forget about all the massacred victims and their land and the Muslims can do the same regarding Israel and all the muslims who died at the hands of Israeli agression. Now shall we use your rationale and thought process or will you now prove to be the TRUE hyprocite?

        • Of course we will continue to be friends hbb. walaw.

          @KachVartan. I do not discount the Armenian genocide. Its definitely a travesty and one day I hope the Turkish nation will admit to the faults of their forefathers and give the Armenians a measure of closure…However where we seem to be disconnecting is that I do not believe what happened to the Armenians 100 years ago should stop Turks today for championing for human rights. I hope this clears the matter up.

      • Anonymous

        Why then a 16 year old turkish kid gunned down (3or 4) publisher of Armenian paper called Agos Mr. Hrant Dink, by the way Armenians had to remove their IAN so they do not sound Armenian also in public places it is forbidden to speak Armenian, A famous Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk said most Turks can not speake about the Armenian massacre, cause they go to jail but I can because I am famous,guess what Turkish state prosecutor charged him with insulting the turkish nation, all Europe stood up to back Mr. Pamuk so the government under pressure had to dismiss the case. What I am trying to say till now the racism and bigotry is going on, do not misunderstand me I have lots of Turkish friends and some worked for me even I helped one of them to get USA citizenship.

    • Anonymous

      Kach Vartan I agree with you 110% how people can be so blindly hypocrites. If a Tueks mentions the Armenian Genocide or let alone demonstrate can be sued by Government.

    • Anonymous

      Forgive but don’t forget. You are clearly changing my words to suit you i never stated half the stuff you just talked about. Your anger is obviously overwhelming you. Speaking of Arabs excepting Israel? Egypt, Jordan What are you doing on a Lebanese news site anyways? Ever since the 70s when i was a teenager in Lebanon i heard you Armenians complaning for your land, now you have your land, you guys should go from Lebanon theres like 200,000 of you guys here. If you love your land so much. Armenia needs you its lacking a decent population for its size.

      • Anonymous

        My apologies Beiruti, even though we agree on most topics occasionaly, I disagree with you this time.
        The Armenians in Lebanon are more Lebanese than a lot of lebanese I know. They are hard workers, they are not trouble makers, they are clean, they are passive and have a beautiful culture which they have shared with us. Unlike a lot of others that have ‘sat in’ in our country, like the “you know who” the jarab, they should go to their homeland first and stop sucking the Lebanese economy dry. The turks on the other hand, I personally do not see eye to eye with them. If this generation is different to their ancestors, then they should recognise and apologise for the Armenian genocide.
        I work at the Ford factory in Victoria, Australia and there are a lot of turks and syrians who work there, you will be surprised at the level of hatred they have for us Lebanese, considering the rivalry they have for each other. Low life scums if you ask me!

        • Anonymous

          Oh my i dont think me myself could live in Australia, how do you manage? I see the hate on television, the Aussies call us filthy, dirty, low life scumbag “Lebs” or “Lebos”. Yes the Armenians never have caused any problems in our country and they are clean, but i always rememeber them complaining about their homeland so i still wonder why they stay in Lebanon if their homeland has returned. Turkey must stop denying the Armenian genocide, because its just disgusting to deny it. Dont worry we have a lot of Syrian dirt here also, they come to Lebanon because they get higher salaries than their garbage country. Its funny how the Syrians gave our country a “hell” experience for 35 years and now they’re the ones working for us and they’re the ones coming refugee to our country. Lebanon should finish with excepting refugees two reasons “Overpopulation” and the refugees start to act like its their country. There is 500,000 Palestianians in our country this could be a very dangerous problem in the future of Lebanon, plus all these Palestianian camps have armed men. I dont know much about the Armenians and Turks to be honest, all i know is that the Turks occupied our country for a while during the Ottoman empire and they caused a mass starvation upon our people. Ive read books about the Armenian Genocide and it is very disturbing how 1.5 Million people were slaughtered, what dissapoints me even more is how Israel will not call the Armenian Genocide a “Genocide” . Concentration camps were used against the Armenians long before the Nazis on the Jews. A very underrated part of history that more people must learn about. I must ask you something though, i heard that their are a lot of Lebanese drug/arms dealers and Lebanese gangsters in Australia and thats what caused all the hate is that true?

        • Anonymous

          Without asking you, I definitely call U a low life scum.

      • Anonymous

        My apologies Beiruti, even though we agree on most topics occasionaly, I disagree with you this time.
        The Armenians in Lebanon are more Lebanese than a lot of lebanese I know. They are hard workers, they are not trouble makers, they are clean, they are passive and have a beautiful culture which they have shared with us. Unlike a lot of others that have ‘sat in’ in our country, like the “you know who” the jarab, they should go to their homeland first and stop sucking the Lebanese economy dry. The turks on the other hand, I personally do not see eye to eye with them. If this generation is different to their ancestors, then they should recognise and apologise for the Armenian genocide.
        I work at the Ford factory in Victoria, Australia and there are a lot of turks and syrians who work there, you will be surprised at the level of hatred they have for us Lebanese, considering the rivalry they have for each other. Low life scums if you ask me!

      • Anonymous

        It is somewhat true, mostly in Kings Cross in Sydney. I lived there for a couple of years and it was like hell. The Lebanese controlled the drug trade and fought against each other. In Melbourne we had a couple of Lebanese drug dealers, but they were only smalltime.
        The major reason for the hatred though is not because of the drug dealing, it is because of the pack rapes commited by the Lebanese youth, the refusal to assimilate and the way they look down at the people who are hosting us.

      • Anonymous

        It is somewhat true, mostly in Kings Cross in Sydney. I lived there for a couple of years and it was like hell. The Lebanese controlled the drug trade and fought against each other. In Melbourne we had a couple of Lebanese drug dealers, but they were only smalltime.
        The major reason for the hatred though is not because of the drug dealing, it is because of the pack rapes commited by the Lebanese youth, the refusal to assimilate and the way they look down at the people who are hosting us.

    • guss043

      Armenian don’t need to forget but we are christians and forgiveness is part of our religion ,you need not to forget but forgive .The Lebanese chritians and also the Syrian Christian in Damascus suffered a horrible massacre that took the life of innocent 20000 in Lebanese mountains at the hand of the Druze that comitted atrocities that is equal if not exceeding the Turks and the Christian in Damscus were slaughtered like the sheep over 15 000 in Damascus ,all because Turkey didnt like being forced to have the Christian as Equal to Moslem in their territories so they instigate the massacres using the Druze and Syrian Moselm Fanatics ( u can read about it ) or just go to Deir el kamar saidet Al Tal Chruch and there is a plate to commemorate the Massacre ,but we couldnt keep hate , and christian coexisted peacefully with the Druze since 1860 until Joumblatt death when the Druze again massacred innocent even they knew the Syrian did it ,even Joumblatt the son he said I should stand trial for that massacre . But the Maronite Patriarch shook hand with Walid Joumblatt and forgave , you cant keep hate , Turkish should have the decency to admit the maasacre and Armenian should follow christ teaching

    • Anonymous

      Ok . The Armenians fought with the crusaders and murdered hundreds of thousands of Muslim women and children. Besides it was the Kurds who fought the Armenians supporting the Ottoman empire and allegedly carried out the killing..It scum like you trying to capitalise on alleged blood money who call us that ‘uneducated animals. Listen scum, there are millions of armenians sponging off the muslim world. But we don’t descend to your level of abusing and hating them. Go suck a russian d..k.

      • Anonymous

        Unless you work at the factory and have attacked Lebanese verbally, you have no right to judge me as I was refering to them. If not, then I have one word for you ‘GOSCREWURSELF”.

  • youyes4u

    Armenians had been and always will be a part of the lebanese culture,faithful and true citizens of the Lebanon,creative and artistic,and they love their Lebanon as much as any true citizen,their allegiance to Lebanon is unshakable like a rock.
    To sum it all they are Lebanese and I will never consider any differently.

  • Anonymous

    Armenians had been and always will be a part of the lebanese culture,faithful and true citizens of the Lebanon,creative and artistic,and they love their Lebanon as much as any true citizen,their allegiance to Lebanon is unshakable like a rock.
    To sum it all they are Lebanese and I will never consider any differently.

  • youyes4u

    Stop the insults and the cursing altogether,because it won’t serve a purpose, we all have different opinions,lets be civil and open minded!
    Sticks and Stones may Hurt Your Bones,But Words Won’t.
    That’s what democracy is all about, speaking your mind freely without being vulgar and offensive.

  • Anonymous

    Stop the insults and the cursing altogether,because it won’t serve a purpose, we all have different opinions,lets be civil and open minded!
    .
    That’s what democracy is all about, speaking your mind freely without being vulgar and offensive.

  • Daysis

    1.) Targeting by Alawites upon Sunnis to kill as many possible (11,000 dead), is Genocide!
     
    2.) Targetng of indigenous Africans (Dinkas) by Afro-Arab supremacists Northen Sudanese in order to kill as many as possible (2.5 Million dead), is genocide…
     
    3.) Targeting of non-Arabs such as the Kurds, by pan-Arabist racist Saddam Hussein (between 20,000 – 100,000) , is genocide.
     
    4.) Targeting Jews inside or outside Israel (while using its own Arab civilians), in an intend to kill as many Jews as possible (since the 1920s by the fascist Mufti). Is attempted genocide!

  • Daysis

    1.) Targeting by Alawites upon Sunnis to kill as many possible (11,000 dead), is Genocide!
     
    2.) Targetng of indigenous Africans (Dinkas) by Afro-Arab supremacists Northen Sudanese in order to kill as many as possible (2.5 Million dead), is genocide…
     
    3.) Targeting of non-Arabs such as the Kurds, by pan-Arabist racist Saddam Hussein (between 20,000 – 100,000) , is genocide.
     
    4.) Targeting Jews inside or outside Israel (while using its own Arab civilians), in an intend to kill as many Jews as possible (since the 1920s by the fascist Mufti). Is attempted genocide!