GERMAN AUTHORITIES PROHIBIT HOLDING OF “TALAAT-PASHA ACTION” IN BERLIN
Mar 14 2006
BRUSSELS, MARCH 14, NOYAN TAPAN – ARMENIANS TODAY. The German
authorities have prohibited a series of rallies the Turkish
organizations planned to hold in mid-March in Berlin. As Noyan Tapan
was informed by the ARF Dashnaktsutiun European Armenian Federation for
Justice and Democracy, the ban is based on the Article 189 of German
Criminal Code, according to which it’s prohibited to show “disrespect
to the deceased”. In their statement the German authorities used the
expression “those who died in 1915” in order to avoid mentioning the
The rallies that were to be held in Berlin were to be the beginning of
the events under the title “Talaat-Pasha Action” within the framework
of the “Grand Operation – 2006” initiative. The initiative a number of
Turkish figures, led by former President of self-proclaimed Republic of
North Cyprus Rauf Denktash, came up with, pursued the goal to achieve
Bundestag’s withdrawing its resolution on the Armenian Genocide.
Executive Director of European Armenian Federation for Justice
and Democracy Loran Leylekian expressed hope that all the European
politicians will show resoluteness as at present Europe is a witness
of an unprecedented wave of negationism threatening not only the
Armenians but also all Europeans.
According to the “Marmara” newspaper of Istanbul, the German Embassy
in Ankara refused to give visas to all Turks who intended to leave
for Berlin for taking part in the rally.