Thousands Turks march in Berlin to protest against
recognizing the death of hundreds of thousands Armenians in 1915 as
genocide. Organized by nationalist and islamic groups they say what
happened should be judged by courts not politicians. 04/05/2015.
Made a poster for the #Blackout at my school’s student center today. Apparently people don’t like when you use genocide to describe the consistent killing of black people, the use of police brutality to cause bodily harm to black people, the frequent discrimination against and erasure of black identities which causes mental harm to black people, the subjection to conditions of poverty and poor education that black people face which threatens to bring about our destruction in whole and in part, the sterilization of women of color which prevents birth, the poor access to health care and birth control in black communities that diminishes life expectancy and quality of life, and black children literally being given away or being forced to conform to the construction of white systems for the chance to gain upward mobility, de facto human rights, and the opportunity to thrive and live (aka genocide). People are offended when you call genocide… genocide. Interesting.
On April 24, 1915, exactly 100 years ago today, the Armenian Genocide began.
The mass liquidation of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire was brought to fruition by the Young Turk government. At least 80% of the Armenian Ottoman population was marched to the Syrian desert and perished.
Turkey has denied the genocide’s existence ever since. Today, it is still an unrecognized event. Obama has officially
stated he will not recognize it as a genocide to secure ties with
Turkey, and many other countries follow suit.
On the eve of World War II, Hitler justified his own similar actions by stating, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” The denial of the Armenians inspired Hitler’s own genocidal Holocaust, and every genocide after.
For the sake of all genocide prevention, it is vitally important these injustices are recognized. The Armenians are not invisible.
On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkey began the annihilation of the Armenian people, killing 1.5 million Armenians, and creating the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey has attempted to keep this genocide forgotten, however, the blood that runs in the veins of the descendants of the survivors has not allowed that to happen. While some countries have recognized it as a genocide, we still have struggled to obtain complete worldwide recognition. The Turkish government continues not to take blame for what their forefather have done. They deny any and all of those actions, despite the outstanding amount of evidence.
Tumblr, what I ask you today is to please reblog this to educate your followers, so that they may pass it on as well. Within this month, do something small. Maybe, post something on your social media having to do with the genocide, so that the people you know may be educated and pass the word on. If you are really wanting to get involved, there will be marches all over the world to get recognition. I know this is a website full of people who stand for activism. Please, help educate the world on this matter. It would mean a lot to me, who lost ancestors during that time, and other Armenians who share the same story. Thank you.
sometimes i feel there’s a tendency to forget that Christianity is a religion that was born in the Middle East…not a religion founded by Europe. Many people in the MENA were Christian when Europe was still worshipping its pagan gods and polytheistic pantheons. yes, it is important to wrestle with how Europeans, after they converted to Christianity due to Roman imperialism, used it themselves as a tool for their own imperialism. but conflating the history of Christianity with whiteness comes off to me as actually a reproduction of white supremacy itself. like we’re attributing things to Europeans/whiteness again, and forgetting its Middle-Eastern roots. Eurocentric history, no?
this is actively harmful when it leads to the notion that Christians everywhere = privileged. they are not- MENA Christians are facing genocidal violence at the hands of ISIS right now, for instance. these people are not white or Westerners who can escape from this via Western privilege. If we go further back in time, the Ottoman Empire’s genocide was targeted at Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks, who were Christian minorities in what’s now modern Turkey.
Today, April 24th, marks the 100th year since the Ottoman Empire massacred 1.5 million innocent Armenians. It was one of the first genocides of the 20th century and the Turks still continue to deny their cruel and shameful acts. Please help spread and educate everyone around to world recognize the Armenian Genocide.
“We must live for the sake of those who were killed.”
The extermination of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and the surrounding regions during 1915-1923 is called the Armenian Genocide.
Those massacres were masterminded and perpetrated by the government of Young Turks and were later finalized by the Kemalist government.
The First World War gave the Young Turks the opportunity to settle accounts with Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire, thus implementing the decision of the secret meeting of 1911 in Thessaloniki. The plan was to tukify the Muslims and to exterminate the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Talaat Pasha (Interior Minister), Enver Pasha (Minister of Military Affairs), Djemal Pasha (commander of the Palestinian Front), Behaeddin Shakir Bey (Young Turk Central Committee member) and others were among the orchestrators of the project.
Intending to annihilate Armenians, they wanted to eliminate the Armenian Question. Armenia and Armenians were an obstacle on the way of the project of the Yong Turks. Their dream of “Great Turan” was to stretch from the Bosphorus to Altai. During the First World War the Young Turks perpetrated massacres against Assyrians, Greeks and Arabs living in the Ottoman Empire.
In February 1915 the military minister Enver Pasha ordered to eliminate the Armenian soldiers serving in the Army. On April 24 and the following days 800 Armenians were arrested in Constantinople and exiled to the depths of Anatolia. Armenian writers, journalists, doctors, scientists, clergymen, intellectuals including Armenian members of the parliament were among them. A part of them died on the way of the exile, while others died after reaching there.
The first international response to the violence resulted in a joint statement by France, Russia and the Great Britain in May 1915, where the Turkish atrocities against the Armenians were defined as “a crime against humanity and civilization”. According to them, Turkish government was responsible for the implementation of the crime.
How many people died in the Armenian Genocide?
There were an estimated two million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire before the First World War. Approximately one and a half million Armenians were killed from 1915-1923. The remaining part was either islamized or exiled.
“The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy. As a senator, I strongly support passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution … and as president I will recognize the Armenian genocide.”
President Obama in 2008. Now, seven years later he’s refusing to use the word “genocide” when discussing the 1.5 million killed in Armenia — and that’s a huge problem.
ARMENIA, Yerevan : People holding photographs attend a flower laying
ceremony at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, on April 24, 2015 in Yerevan,
as part of the Armenian genocide centenary commemoration. Armenians on
April 24 marked the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million of
their kin by Ottoman forces as France called on Turkey to recognise the
1915 slaughter as genocide. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV
You need to understand how it must feel that your grandmother, whose mother’s soles were worn from walking through the desert, who burnt her face with cigarette butts so she wouldn’t be raped by Turkish soldiers, who watched as her newborn baby was torn from her arms and thrown into the sand by Turkish soldiers, and whose body was slowly mutilated (cut open) in front of her daughter (my grandmother), is still hearing denial about the Armenian Genocide, the denial of her mother’s sufferings, the denial of her mother’s brutal murder, the denial of her little brother’s murder, all which she witnessed right in front of her eyes.
During the holocaust, nobody said, “If we stop Hitler, and we free the Jews from concentration camps, what will we do with all those extra Jews? How will we fed them? What if they overpopulate when they’re released from captivity?”
Do you know WHY nobody said that? BECAUSE GENOCIDE IS FUCKING INEXCUSABLE!!!
So when people ask, “If we stopped eating animals, what will we do with all the animals that are already on factory farms? What if they overpopulate? What if they take over and drive out native species?” the answer is simple:
IT DOESN’T FUCKING MATTER
Murder is murder.
Rape is rape.
Genocide is genocide.
It’s never acceptable and you need to accept that.
Hi! My Name is Miroslava Aguilar, and even if i don’t rant about much about my life. I’d really like to do so now.
I live in Mexico, that’s right, we’re starting bad there. Oh and let me add up to it, i live in a metropolitan city called Guadalajara; which you might know about it because many international flights end up there. Now Why am i ranting? why am i scared?
Well, today is May 1st, meaning, labour day, meaning we get a free day to do pretty much whatever we want. Kids get to go to the parks, or maybe to the Cinema, you know, to catch up on Avengers 2, but instead of that, today we’ll all have to stay home and pray our asses off, even if i’m an atheist, because the bloody fucking government sucks at doing it’s job properly. You wanna know why?
This morning and probably for the rest of the day, the city has been Narco locked down. That’s right, they’ve blocked streets going in and out of the bloody city, burning cars, buses and some buildings. Police are out in the streets, there are helicopters going around like nuts, and the army is out there.
Now you may ask, how the fuck is it possible for me to live in a Warzone like place, if i live a bloody 3 hrs flight away from bloody Disneyland Anaheim? Specially just a few weeks after the last communicate of our sorry ass excuse of a governor said that, “HEY, Delinquence had dropped this year considerably!” Well, Because my government sucks. Because our politicians keep on spending money like there’s no tomorrow, making deals with the narcos, hidding evidence, kidnapping, burning and then hidding protester’s corpses, YEP! I’HAVEN’T FORGOT ABOUT THOSE 43 STUDENTS!!! and because we keep quiet because we’re afraid and because the people vote for those assholes when they give the people free stuff!
Oh, and this isn’t even half of my rant you see, There was a Warzone like genocide the 6th of January, yeah, the day the bloody 3 magician kings (or i don’t know how you call those fuckers in English) yep, the bloody Baltazar, Melchor and Gaspar come to the kids homes and leave presents for them, yep, that day in Apatzingan (where our first constitution was drafted) there was a mass murdering genocide against civilians, of which we’ve only know till a few weeks ago because it was sooo brutal that almost no witnesses remain. How fucked up is that?
I will not add up images of this one because they’re simply too strong for certain audiences, but if you want to see how fucked up is my country just google “Apatzingan Matanza” and they’ll pop out.
Don’t let me start now about the firing of newsreporters that discovered corruprion in the government and were fired for spreading the word. Don’t make me tell you about all the people inside and outside our country that has been arrested for speaking up. For calling the bullshit out of my government. The people that has gotten killed just because they were around the place when stuff just got too dense. I’m living in the midst of a Civil war and no media ever covergaes that up because they’re too bloody fucking busy saying to us that a certain celebrity married a certain politician. I’m just fed up!
Do i add up the 43 students and all those kids they’ve been trying to kill in my country just because we’re fed up and we want peace? But yeah, you know, we can always look aside when governors spend 3 million pesos, that’s about 300 thousand dlls right now, a bit less on it’s bloody fucking birthday party… but yeah.
Don’t get me wrong, i love what people are doing for the #BlackLivesMatter thing, i really do, because that just shows me that police brutality exists not only in my country. But i’d like y'all to take a break from that and help me spread the word about this because, I’m scared of going out of my house. My mom is out there and so is my little sister and i don’t know where they are, and well, i shouldn’t be worrying about it. They say that in this times you need to stick close to your family and hope for the best, My grandparents are alone, at their houses, so are my cousins, nieces, nephews, auncles and aunts and we can’t be together because it’s too bloody scaring to go out there. It shouldn’t be like this. I shouldn’t be scared of going out to the street, out of my own house. We need help, and we need it now.
My name is Miroslava Aguilar,i’m 21 years old, i’m a student who currently lives in Mexico and i’m afraid of one day being boarded by cops and/or narcos and killed just because i was in the wrong place at the wrong time….
Thank you for reading this. Please spread the word.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rejected the Pope’s categorization of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I as genocide.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I was not genocide, but rather “atrocity crimes.” The categorization was in response to a statement made earlier by the Pope, who called it “the first genocide of the 20th century.”
April 24, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide. On that date, the Ottoman Empire rounded up 250 Armenian leaders and intellectuals whom they accused of supporting the Russian enemy in World War I. The Ottomans then executed Armenian men of military age and sent the elderly, women and children on death marches into the Syrian desert. Scholars estimate that 1-1.5 million Armenians died.
The term “genocide” was coined in 1943 by Raphael Lemkin, a Jewish refugee from Poland, specifically to describe the experience of the Armenians.
130,000+ protesters in Hollywood demand recognition of the Armenian Genocide and commemorate the 1.5 million Armenian men, women, children, and elderly systematically annihilated, deported, raped, and starved to death in 1915 by the hands of the Ottoman Turks.