Erdogan Appeals Fine for Calling Armenian-Turkish Monument a ‘Monstrosity’

'Monument to Humanity' by Mehmet Aksoy in Kars. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)


ANKARA—Lawyers for Turkey’s president plan to appeal a Turkish court’s decision to fine him for criticizing a statue meant to promote peace between Turkey and Armenia, Today’s Zaman reported. Recep Tayyip Erdogan had called the sculpture a “monstrosity” during a 2011 visit to the eastern city of Kars, prompting local authorities to remove the statue.

The court ruled Erdogan must pay 10,000 Turkish lira ($4,000) in compensation to sculptor Mehmet Aksoy, who created the 115-foot work known as either the “Monument to Humanity” or the “Statue of Humanity.” According to Today’s Zaman, Erdogan, who was prime minister at the time of the visit, remarked: “They put a monstrosity next to the tomb of [Muslim scholar] Hasan Harakani. It is impossible to think that such a thing should exist next to fundamental works of art.”

Aksoy claimed Erdogan’s labeling of the statue in this way was an “insult” and that its removal had caused him mental anguish, while Erdogan’s defense lawyers claimed the leader’s comments were a critique rather than an insult, the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported. Aksoy strongly criticized Erdogan’s assessment of the work depicting two concrete figures reaching out to each other. The sculptor said it embodied anti-war themes and messages of friendship. The statue had been built on a hill about 25 miles from the Turkish-Armenian border.

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  1. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Who cannot sculpt even a tiny monument …
    He orders to destroy huge humanitarian one in a few seconds…
    Because of hate… jealousy… denial…

    As he is a handicap to build and enjoy …
    and stops the other enjoying as well…

    What do you call such a man…?
    He needs someone to give him a lesson and
    who sculpted that monument want to teach him…

    Congrats to Mahmet Aksoy…
    He will continue to proceed without any fear from
    godless ..tyrant …so called Erdogan…!

    Sylva~MD~Poetry
    Written instantly
    March 5, 2015

  2. Vasken said:

    Have we got the Technology to build a Nuclear Deterrent? Because if we have, get ready! Because this bloke erdoghan is leading turkey for enother Armenian Genocide; While likes of him are governing the country it’s a mater of forceable future, like happening in Syria. Without a nucklare deterrant` he won’t go-away and we Armenians are in danger…

  3. Vasken said:

    Have we got the Technology to build a Nuclear Deterrent? Because if we have, get ready! Because this bloke erdoghan is leading turkey for enother Armenian Genocide; While likes of him are governing the country it’s a mater of foreseeable future, like happening in Syria. Without a nucklare deterrant` he won’t go-away and we Armenians are in danger…

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    Erdogan on top of he’s arrogant is also an idiot, these kinds of acts gives Armenians free media coverage.

  5. Jove said:

    Erdogan is an ambling, bumbling buffoon. Not a real threat. He will be brought down and carved up by his own Turks.. Why do you thing he was made pm of turkey ? Because he is a non descript critter of the underground. Don’t waste time on this hapless creature. The Turks themselves will take care of him. I pray God that he remains in his post. He can only send Turkey diving, keep it up Erdogan kepek oglu kepek.

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