During World War I, the Young Turk political faction of the Ottoman Empire sought the creation of a new Turkish state, extending into Central Asia. Those promoting the ideology called “Pan Turkism” (creating a homogenous Turkish state) saw Turkey’s Armenian population as an obstacle to the realization of that goal. During the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923), the Young Turk Government systematically forced 1.5 million Armenians out of their ancestral homeland in present-day Turkey and annihilated them.
April 24, 1915 marked the beginning of the Armenian Genocide in Constantinople (present day Istanbul) with the arrest, torture and execution of 300 Armenian intellectuals, writers, poets, political and civic leaders by the Young Turk Government of the Ottoman Empire. Also on that day, 5,000 of the poorest Armenians were butchered in the streets and in their homes.
In May 1915, after mass deportations had already begun, Turkish Minister of the Interior Talaat Pasha ordered the Armenian population’s deportation into the Syrian desert. Adult and teenage males were separated from the deportation caravans and killed under the direction of Young Turk functionaries. Women and children were driven for months over mountains and desert, often raped, tortured, and mutilated. Deprived of food and water and often stripped of clothing, they fell by the hundreds and thousands along the routes to the desert. Ultimately, more than half the Armenian population, 1,500,000 people, was annihilated. In this manner the Armenian people were eliminated from their homeland of several millennia.
Sam Azadian, who lost four siblings during the Armenian Genocide, founded the first Times Square Commemoration in 1985. Azadian stated, “It is important to increase public awareness of the Armenian Genocide. Two out of three Armenians perished as a result of forced deportation and mass murder by the Ottoman Turks.”
It’s time for Turks and the rest of the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide!
We will never forget.I am with your.
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