TURKS USED THE RALLY IN LYON TO DENY THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
French-Armenians and the French police complain of the Governor’s
decision to authorize the Turkish rally, which started after the
decision was taken to erect a memorial dedicated to the Armenian
Genocide in the Central Square of Lyon. Not satisfied with the
decision, Turks launched a campaign against the project.
The slogans of Turks denying the Armenian Genocide forced the French
to arrange a demonstration against the Turkish initiative. To get
clarifications about the authorization of the rally, Head of the
European Armenian Federation Hilda Tchoboyan met with the Governor.
Yesterday Hilda Tchoboyan had told “Radiolur” correspondent
Anna Nazaryan that the Governor did not have to authorize such a
rally. It was a severe mistake, since it is known that the French law
prohibits denying the fact of the Armenian Genocide. The Governor
sent an explanatory letter to the Coordinating Council of Armenian
The letter notes that the Turks used the rally organized under a
different pretext to deny the Armenian Genocide.
“From now on the fact will be taken into consideration and Turks
will not be allowed to organize similar demonstrations in future,”
the letter noted.