The Anonymous Widower

France Annoys Another Friend

France is thinking about making it an offence to deny the Armenian genocide and a bill is passing through their parliament.

If you don’t know about the genocide, this is the first few paragraphs from the Wikipedia article.

The Armenian Genocide also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, by Armenians, as the Great Crime  refers to the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was implemented through wholesale massacres and deportations, with the deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. The total number of resulting Armenian deaths is generally held to have been between 1 million and 1.5 million. Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including Assyrians and Greeks, and some scholars consider those events to be part of the same policy of extermination.

It is widely acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides, as scholars point to the systematic, organised manner in which the killings were carried out to eliminate the Armenians, and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust. The word genocide was coined in order to describe these events.

If you read the article, you’ll see that it was probably one of the most barbaric acts of history at the start of the twentieth century. And let’s face it there were quite a few atrocities.

The French action in their parliament, is very much resisted by Turkey, who still deny that the genocide happened  There was a protest in Ankara yesterday, which is reported in the Guardian.

December 20, 2011 - Posted by | World | ,

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