ISTANBUL (news.am)—Kamp Armen has once again been the target of an apparent nationalist attack, after armed assailants tried to enter the camp site in Istanbul on Monday night.
Six people armed with clubs attempted to open the gates of Kamp Armen on Monday night according to Nor Zartonk, the Armenian political movement based in Istanbul that stopped the demolition of the camp earlier this year. According to Nor Zartonk, those keeping watch on Monday night were able to force the unknown assailants back.
Nor Zartonk says that such attacks may continue, and have called for support and solidarity.
Kamp Armen was confiscated by the Turkish authorities in 1987. Subsequently, it was sold to a Turkish businessman who, in turn, decided to demolish the orphanage and build luxury homes in its place. As a result of public pressure, however, the demolition of the orphanage has been temporarily halted.
The camp was once home to around 1,500 Armenian children, including the late Hrant Dink—the founder and chief editor of Agos Armenian bilingual weekly of Istanbul who was shot dead on January 19, 2007 outside the Agos office—and his wife Rakel.
The orphanage sought to help underprivileged Armenian children and orphans, who had moved to Istanbul from other parts of Turkey.