Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25
Public Turkic organizations and representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora in the Netherlands have held protests against opening of a monument to so-called Armenian genocide in front of the Armenian church in the city of Almelo, Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora said on April 25.
During the protest action held in front of the building of the Almelo municipality, leaders and representatives of the Turkic public organizations made speeches condemning the opening of the monument.
The permission was given only for opening a monument to Armenians, while later a "genocide" inscription was made on the monument, according to Ilhan Ashkin, President of the Dutch Azerbaijan-Turkey Cultural Association.
Ashkin went on to add that the Turkic public organizations and representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora in the Netherlands are ready to protest until the monument is destroyed.
The protesters have appealed to the municipality of the Almelo city regarding the issue.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. While strengthening the efforts to promote the so-called genocide in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by: S.I.