Armenian-Populated Districts of Istanbul Attacked

Supporters of ultra-nationalist groups shout slogans during a protest against recent Kurdish militant attacks on Turkish security forces, in Istanbul, Turkey, September 8, 2015. (Source: EUTERS/Yagiz Karahan)
Supporters of ultra-nationalist groups shout slogans during a protest against recent Kurdish militant attacks on Turkish security forces, in Istanbul, Turkey, September 8, 2015. (Source: EUTERS/Yagiz Karahan)

Supporters of ultra-nationalist groups shout slogans during a protest against recent Kurdish militant attacks on Turkish security forces, in Istanbul, Turkey, September 8, 2015. (Source: REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan)

ISTANBUL (Combined Sources)—The situation was tense last night in the Armenian-populated districts of Istanbul, Arevelk.am reports citing its sources in Turkey, as Turkish nationalist groups attacked the Sisli, Kurtulus, and Besitktas neighborhoods, in an apparent retaliation against the recent wave of violence that has gripped Turkey.

“We must turn these districts into Armenian and Kurdish cemeteries,” the groups reportedly chanted.

The violence is said to be a backlash against recent clashes between Turkish army and police forces, and the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) in the country’s east and southeast.

The Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople released a statement condemning the ongoing violence and terrorist attacks across Turkey, urging groups to withhold from making statements targeted at the Armenian community of Turkey.

According to Anadolu news agency, the Patriarchate said that it prays for an end to the violence threatening the unity and integrity of Turkey, and the establishment of long-term peace.

The Patriarchate also expressed its concern over the targeting of the Armenian community in Turkish media.

“From time to time expressions of some writers targeting our community and identifying it with that terrorist group deeply insult the Armenian citizens who have always been committed to this country and possess civic consciousness. Using unjust expressions referring to the Armenian citizens considering themselves a part of Turkey is an attitude not fitting in the frames of goodness. We are convinced that the majority of our nation does not agree to these alienating expressions,” the statement reads.

In its statement the Patriarchate also strongly condemned all terrorist acts in the country, and expressed its condolences to the families of those killed in the recent spike in violence across Turkey.

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  1. Armen said:

    The flags, hand gestures and yelling say “we’re very angry!” but the tiki torches say “we also like to have a good time and enjoy sipping mai tais..”

  2. Random Armenian said:

    That crazed face of the guy in the middle sums up the pictures. The fanatical, racist idiocy is there for Turkish leaders to call up and direct and use as a tool.

  3. Raffi said:

    This is the real face of brainwashed Turkish barbarians, NO BODY CAN CIVILIZE BLOOD THIRSTY TURKISH NATION

  4. Bunker said:

    500 years from now Turks will be the same. But Turkey will be smaller. Slaughtering 1 500 000 Armenians was already a major feat. You can’t slaughter 25 000 000 Kurds.

    • eastofwest said:

      Especially considering that the Turks had the Kurds “do the job” for them in the AG. Who will kill the Kurds for the Turks? No, let’s just sit back and relax watching these two genocidal communities (Turks and Kurds) go bananas on eachother. I sympathize with neither of them. PS. The picture in this article shows the true mentality of Turks!

  5. Rojhat Urfaee said:

    The biggest racist fake state of Turkey. I am glad Erdogan made these people show themselves again. People of the free world should know what kind of people live in Turkey. Racist Kamalists and Islamic extremists are two powerful basis of Turkish people and both of these bases are extremely against the Kurds and Armenians and can not tolerate them to live together peacefully.

  6. Alexander of Epirus said:

    This is a story that the Anglo dominated media will not promote as they protect Evil Erdogan and his hell makers. But why are other nations not screaming? Why is the UN always so quiet until genocide occurs (remember Rwanda and Kampuchea)?

  7. Kristina said:

    I have a lot of extended family living in Istanbul despite my family leaving over 30 years ago. I don’t know why they choose to stay knowing that at any time things could turn and get very ugly. These anatolian, inbred, turk scum all carry a hatred for Armenians. With things not looking so bright for Turkey and their ‘sultan’, Armenians need to leave once and for all. They will never live in 100% peace, nor will they ever be 100% welcomed.

  8. Ahmet said:

    İ live in kurtulus neighbourhood in istanbul where Armenian population is almost half of the locals. Last week there were some nationalist demonstrations against Kurds because of the terror in sout east. These protests gone crazy. Some disgusting groups tried to fire kurdish family’s houses and beat some poor kurdish farmers. The truth is these barbarian groups are organized by the ongoing islamic Erdogan government(and plus nationalist party mhp). Not all people hate Armenians or minorities. Probabyly theyre less than %30-40. İ read some comments feel very sad about future. Dont let anger and hate to prison your heart. We’re all brothers. At the end peace will win. Greetings from İstanbul…

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