‘Denying the Great Tragedy of the Armenians is an Insult,’ Says Paylan

Turkish-Armenian Member of Turkey's Parliament Garo Paylan (HDP).
Turkish-Armenian Member of Turkey's Parliament Garo Paylan (HDP).

Turkish-Armenian Member of Parliament Garo Paylan (HDP).

Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament representing the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), who is running for another term in Turkey’s parliament representing Diyarbakir in the upcoming elections, has commented about the investigation targeting him under Turkey’s infamous Article 301.

In an interview with the Bianet Turkish media outlet, Paylan claimed that it is the very same article which caused the murder of prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

Dink, the editor-in-chief of Istanbul’s Agos, a Turkish-Armenian newspaper, was gunned down outside his office in 2007.

“I am under investigation for ‘insulting Turkishness,’ for speaking about the Armenian Genocide,” Paylan said. “Actually, it is the denial of the genocide which is an insult. Call it whatever you want, denying the great tragedy of the Armenians is an insult to Turkishness.”

Paylan called on the Turkish people to recognize the genocide, noting that it is in their favor to do so.

“Thousands of our churches, schools, cultural legacy — we’ve lost everything,” Paylan said. “We are suggesting that you yourself name the events. We are saying, name the events based on a fair remembrance. However, we always get the same answer: ‘You cannot speak about this.’ And in such conditions, it turns out you have insulted Turkishness. Turks are perceived in the world as genocide deniers. Whereas I, on the contrary, I am fighting to eliminate this injustice against Turks.”


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Paylan’s use of reverse psychology is futile. It won’t work because the Turks are well known racists and bigots. Their disdain for all their neighbors is well documented in their spoken and written history. They feel a sense of pride when disparaging other races, peoples, and cultures. That is exactly how they became and sustained an empire for nearly 600 hundreds years!

  2. Hagop said:

    Garo Paylan is a HERO! He is a courageous LION working in a zoo of ferocious animals! Lord, protect this brave and righteous man! He has MORE GUTS in his toenail than all the SCUM BAG, CORRUPT ARMENIAN OFFICIALS in our homeland.