Protests at French embassy over 'genocide' bill

18th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

BUCHAREST, Oct 18, 2006 (AFP) - Some 30 Turkish residents in Romania demonstrated Wednesday outside France's embassy in Bucharest against a French bill making it a crime to deny Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians.

BUCHAREST, Oct 18, 2006 (AFP) - Some 30 Turkish residents in Romania demonstrated Wednesday outside France's embassy in Bucharest against a French bill making it a crime to deny Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians.

They held up banners in French saying that politicians should not legislate on historical truth.

The Mediafax news agency said that some of the demonstrators left a letter of protest at the embassy.

The bill, which needs to be approved by the French senate and president to become a law, provides for a year in jail for anyone who denies that the World War I massacres of Armenians amounted to genocide.

It was voted by the lower house of the French parliament Thursday.

Armenians claim up to 1.5 million of their kin were slaughtered in orchestrated killings between 1915 and 1917.

Turkey categorically rejects the genocide label, arguing that 300,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians rose for independence in eastern Anatolia and sided with invading Russian troops as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart.

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Subject: French news

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