Friday, January 19, 2007

Armenian Genocide



Source: Armenian Genocide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Between 1915 and the early 1920s, around 1.5 million Armenians died in Turkey, due to the policies of the 'Young Turk' Turkish government.

Why did the Turkish government want to hurt the Armenians?

In 1914, Turkey (the Ottoman Empire) entered the war on the side of Germany (and its allies).

In November 1914, the Turkish (Ottoman) Minister of War, Enver, launched 'a disastrous military campaign' against the Russians in the Caucasus.

Enver blamed the Armenians in the region for siding with the Russians.

The Turkish (Ottoman Empire) War Office had a propaganda campaign to present Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire 'as a liability and threat to the country's security'.

What was the Armenian Genocide?

The Armenian Genocide meant 'the forced mass evacuation and related deaths of hundreds of thousands to over a million Armenians, during the government of the Young Turks from 1915 to 1917 in the Ottoman Turkish Empire'.

Turkish-armenian Journalist Gunned Down

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