YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—Turkish-Armenian parliament member Selina Dogan, elected to Turkey’s parliament with the Kemalist Republican People’s Party, expressed her concerns over an attack on activists occupying Kamp Armen in the Tuzla district of Istanbul on Thursday. As Armenpress reports citing Agos newspaper, Dogan stressed that the attack carried out on the symbolic 100th day of resistance for the preservation of the Armenian orphanage had deep meaning.
As Dogan mentioned, Kamp Armen has not been returned to the Gedikpasa Armenian Protestant Church Foundation despite promises given by the ruling Justice and Development Party before the parliamentary elections.
“Kamp Armen, built by Armenian orphan children including Hrant Dink, is very important for society and must immediately be returned to its owners”, Dogan said, adding that the Armenian orphanage has become a symbol not only for Armenians but also for others in Turkey struggling for democratic values.
Unidentified assailants attacked two security guards at Kamp Armen in Istanbul’s Tuzla district on the 100th day of the resistance organized for its preservation. The organizers of the resistance and members of the Nor Zartonk movement released a statement stating that unidentified persons in two cars came to the orphanage and beat two individuals on guard duty at 11:30pm local time on August 13.
Nor Zartonk has stated that the attack is evidence of a “genocidal conscience,” but will not stop their resistance. “We inform the society that we will continue the Kamp Armen resistance with the same determination. We again urge all our friends to support the Kamp Armen resistance,” their statement reads.