Armenian Church Vandalized in Turkey

assailants set fire at the entrance of the St, Mary's Church in Istanbul

assailants set fire at the entrance of the St, Mary’s Church in Istanbul

Garo Paylan raises the issue with Turkey’s Interior Minister

The St. Mary’s Church in Istanbul was vandalized late last week when an arson attempt was made to try to burn the church down.

The Istanbul Patriachate issued a statement last week saying that an individual set fire to the church in an attempted arson attack calling a hate crime.

Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament representing the People’s Democratic Party—or HDP—called on Turkey’s Parliament to investigate the incident and addressed an inquiry to the country’s interior ministry,
In his complaint, Paylan cited Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s May 4 speech, in which he called the use of the word “remnants of the sword” as derogatory to Armenians.

Paylan asked whether the use of the phrase by Erdogan enflamed the attack on the church.
In a speech on May 4. Erdogan said:“Although they are now very few in numbers, we don’t let the pursuit of terrorists that are remnants of the sword…”

“On May 8, a hate crime was committed against the Armenian Church in Bakirkoy, Istanbul when its gate was set on fire. It has been reported in the press that after the suspect who launched the hate attack was caught, he said, ‘I burned it because they caused the coronavirus—the plague.’”

“Recurring hate attacks are recently launched against churches in Bakirkoy and other districts. Discriminatory remarks and hate speech were written on the walls of places of worship. There were attempted armed attacks,” Paylan said in his complaint.
Paylan called on the the Turkey’s interior minister to say whether the Erdogan’s inflammatory speech was what prompted the perpetrator to attack the Armenian church.


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  1. Ararat said:

    This insignificant Turkish mullah and terrorist-in-chief Er-dog-an is an evil racist with Napoleon Complex. Of course his derogatory remark was the cause of this vandalism. When the leader of a genocidal state makes such disgusting remark about the Armenians, and others for that matter, what else can one expect from ordinary hateful Turkish public? In their racist, illiterate and peasant mind this is like a green light to inflict harm on them with impunity. This is not the first time this rabid dog has done such a thing. In his earlier years he enacted the Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code, aka “Insulting Turkishness” that created an atmosphere of hate that led to the murder of the Armenian Agos Paper’s Editor Hrant Dink on January 19th 2007 in front of his office in broad daylight. Being an outspoken genocide denier, I have no doubt this Turkish trash was behind his murder. He is also responsible for the destruction of the Armenian Church and genocide remembrance complex by ISIS in Syrian territory near the Turkish border as well as conducting a proxy war against Armenia and Artsakh.

    Wild dogs bark the loudest in their backyards. Let him step outside of his comfort zone and make such filthy racist “remnants of the sword” remark if he dares. Gutless charlatans like him know who their gullible audience is and that’s why they do it but will never have the guts to speak like that in public in international arena. A typical two-faced Turkish coward!