ARMENIANS, KURDS TO PROTEST ERDOGAN VISIT TO GERMANY

PanARMENIAN.Net
October 30, 2012 - 15:36 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - A large group of Kurds, Ezidis, Armenians, Alawites
and Syriacs from Europe are planning to hold a protest against
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Germany,
Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Around 10,000 people from almost 50 organizations are expected to
attend the rally in Berlin.

Ezidis in particular are angry with Erdogan's recent remarks in which
he used the term "Yezidi" instead of "Ezidi." They believe that the
word "Yezidi" holds negative connotation in Turkey.

Aziz Alk─▒┼~_, head of the Ezidi Associations Federation in Berlin said
the "Prime Minister looked down on Ezidi citizens" with his remarks.

He said they would call on Erdogan to end his policy in Syria, as well
as end pressure on minorities and ethnic groups in Turkey. Noting that
the Ezidi religion is not recognized on national ID cards and signified
by an "X," Alk─▒┼~_ said it made their faith seem anti-Islamic.

Azad Ordughanyan, head of the Germany Armenians Center, said they would
call on Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide. "Turkey is still
denying the genocide. We will renew our call for its recognition."

The head of the Alawite Unions Federation in Cologne, Huseyin Mat,
said the Turkish government pursues a policy of assimilation rather
than accepting all differences. "Erdogan will tell Europe that Turkey
is a democratic country here. We will tell that this is not true."