Turks protest at French genocide bill

23rd December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Around 100 people gathered in front of the French consulate in Istanbul on Friday, protesting at a bill criminalising the denial of the Armenian genocide in 1915 in Ottoman Turkey.

"Down with France" and "Allahu Akbar" chanted the group, comprising supporters of the small, Islamist, Felicity Party (SP). The protestors carried banners reading "Genocide is a lie," and "France, drop defamation and face your own history."

The group also left red carnations on the stairs of the consulate building. "Do not sleep Sarkozy, the Ottomans are here," they chanted in a message to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The demonstrators were protesting at Thursday's vote in the French lower house approving a bill imposing a jail term and a 45,000 euro fine on anyone in France who denies that mass killings of Armenians during World War I at the hands of Ottoman forces were genocide.

© 2011 AFP

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