Paylan Raises the Armenian Genocide Issue in Turkish Parliament

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Garo Paylan, a Turkish Parliament deputy representing the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) made an unprecedented speech in the Turkish parliament. Paylan suggested to form a commission to investigate the killings of Armenian deputies in the Ottoman parliament in 1915. He then cited the names of the murdered Ottoman Armenian parliamentarians and showed their photos and concluded his words in Armenian: “Աստված իրենց հոգին լուսավորի.”

This effectively means raising the Armenian Genocide issue in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, which was certainly a very brave step to take in today’s Turkey. So bravo Garo Paylan, for your courage and for speaking up!

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