Turkeys Deep State Surfaces Again

In June 2007 Turkish police discovered large quantities of weapons in a house in Istanbul. As a result of investigations 40 suspects were taken into Police custody, all belonging to the terrorist nationalist group called “Ergenekon”. The Public Prosecutor accuses the Forty of having planned assassinations and military attacks with the aim of creating chaos and provoking military intervention. Numerous groups belong to this network, calling themselves “nationalists”, “Kemalists” or  “Ataturkists”. Ergenekon is also suspected of being behind the murder of three Christians in the city of Malatya, the murder of the Italian priest Santoro in Trabzon and being involved … Weiterlesen …

Hrant Dink: Belated Victim of Armenian Genocide

Hrant Dink

On January 19, 2007 the publisher and Editor of the bilingual weekly Istanbul newspaper AGOS was shot by a young Turkish nationalist. Who was this Armenian who had over the years continuously and persistently displayed courage through his intellectual campaign against the Turkish state apparatus? A state which not only denies the Armenian Genocide but also has created through a systematic racial indoctrination of its citizens a social and political climate in which such murders are tolerated if not accepted by society. The Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul Mesorb Mutafyan whose relationship to Hrant was not always free of conflict, described Hrant Dink with the following words „his life full of struggle and challenges turned Hrant Dink into a courageous, sensitive and decisive personality; becoming a symbol for justice, freedom of belief and human rights. He voiced his opinions and ideas with total disregard for the possible dangers. When he was convinced of the necessity of doing something then he acted with the same decisiveness.”

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Licence to kill

Genocidememorial Yerervan

“The responsibility for the murder of the Armenian journalist lies firmly at the door of those who created Statute 301” claimed Orhan Pamuk winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. These sentiments were also expressed by the prominent columnist Mehmet Ali Birand. At the funeral in Istanbul, many mourners carried posters bearing the inscription “Murder Statute 301”. This law made the Defamation of the State as well as any of the state apparatus and facilities an offence. Hrant Dink was the only critic sentenced using this law. He received a6 months suspended prison sentence, a sentence viewed in fascist circles as a far too mild. After the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the new Turkish Criminal Code was created based on the example of the then Fascist Italian Criminal Code.

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Mordparagraph 301

Yerevan

Für den Mord an dem armenischen Journalisten Hrant Dink seien diejenigen verantwortlich, die den Paragraphen 301 geschaffen haben, sagte der Literaturnobelpreisträger Orhan Pamuk. Ähnlich äußerte sich der bekannte Kolumnist Mehmet Ali Birand. Auf der Trauerkundgebung in Istanbul trugen viele Teilnehmer Plakate mit der Aufschrift „Mordparagraph 301“. Dieser stellt die „Beleidigung des Türkentums“, der Republik sowie der Organe und Einrichtungen des Staates“ unter Strafe. Hrant Dink war der Einzige, der aufgrund dieses Paragraphen rechtskräftig zu sechs Monaten Haft auf Bewährung verurteilt wurde – aus der Sicht faschistischer Kreise eine viel zu milde Strafe. Bereits 2004 hatte die EU eine Reform des … Weiterlesen …