23 January 2012

Love the Turks, Hate the Slaughter

Armenian genocide denial to be banned in France as senators approve new law

Sarkozy expected to ratify bill, already passed by lower house despite diplomatic row it has sparked with Turkey in Paris guardian.co.uk,
Protest against the French bill to make the denial of the Armenian genocide a crime
Armenian genocide denial will become a crime in France despite protests against the law by Turkish unions. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images
French senators have approved legislation making it a crime to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago constitutes genocide.
Supporters of the bill claim 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered in Turkey under the Ottoman authorities during the first world war in a deliberate policy that constitutes genocide. Many historians agree, but Turkey disputes the term "genocide" and claims many Turks died during fighting in eastern Turkey in 1915 and 1916.


Those denying or "minimising" the genocide could face a €45,000 fine and a year in jail. France recognised the killing of the Armenians as 'genocide" in 2001, but at the time introduced no legal penalty for denying it.
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