According to the EAFJD social media page source Guillaume Perrier, the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul was interrupted by the Turkish Government for using the word Genocide. Banners demanding recognition and justice were confiscated by the police.

In Istanbul, the commemoration of the #ArmenianGenocide was interrupted by #Turkish authorities for using the word #Genocide. Banners demanding #recognition & #justice were confiscated by the police.

This much for freedom of expression and democracy in Turkey.

What does Erdogan have to say?

Last year Swedish lawmakers filed a complaint against the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Erdogan still insists on denying but, according to Sputnik, he has sent a letter to the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul, expressing condolences to the Armenian people over the tragic events of 1915.

“You have gathered today under the roof of the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul to remember the Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during the fierce and harsh conditions of the First World War. Once again, I remember with respect the Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives, and offer my sincere condolences to their children and descendants,” the statement, published on Erdogan’s official website says.