Church seizures and political scapegoating heighten unease in Armenian-Turkish community
- Turkey’s Armenian minority has found itself caught in the middle of increasing conflict between the Turkish government and Kurdish separatists, subject to intimidation, slurs, and attacks from politicians.
- The Armenian-Turkish community has been particularly upset by the ongoing expropriation of historic churches through eminent domain seizures by the government.
- In the wake of the centennial of the mass slaughter of Armenians in Turkey during World War I, the community has been fearful of hypernationalist discourse targeting Armenians.
“Does Turkey See Its Armenian Minority as a Security Threat?” (EurasiaNet)
“Turkey’s Seizure of Churches and Land Alarms Armenians” (The New York Times)
“A Century Later, Slaughter Still Haunts Turkey and Armenia” (National Geographic)
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