demonsration against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2010
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A demonsrator holds a placard reading ”You are not alone” during a demonsration against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2010. Protestors took the streets accusing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of racism over his threat to deport illegal Armenian workers in a row over the recognition of Armenian claims of a genocide by Ottoman Turks.
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Agence France-Presse – March 19, 2010 4:03 PM
A demonsrator (C) holds up a placard that reads, “You are not alone”‘ during a demonsration on Istiklal Avenue, in Istanbul. More than 100 protestors took to the streets of Istanbul Friday, accusing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of racism over his threat to deport illegal Armenian workers.
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ISTANBUL – More than 100 protesters took to the streets of Istanbul Friday, accusing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of racism over his threat to deport illegal Armenian workers.
Between 100-150 demonstrators marched along the Istiklal Avenue, the main commercial street on the European side of the city, carrying banners with the inscription “You are not Alone” in Turkish, English, Armenian and Kurdish, an AFP photographer said.
“Tayyip should be deported! A world without nations, borders and classes,” chanted the demonstrators gathered at the call of a non-governmental organization campaigning for immigrants’ rights.
A statement, distributed to the press, accused Erdogan of treating Armenian immigrants as a pawn in Ankara’s protests against some foreign parliament’s recognition of Armenian claims of genocide by Ottoman Turks.
“We strongly condemn Erdogan . . . and those who share his racist and discriminatory mentality,” the statement added.
The demonstration ended peacefully.
In comments criticized at home and abroad, Erdogan said his government could expel thousands of illegal Armenian workers if foreign parliaments continue to pass votes branding the World War I-era massacres of Armenians as genocide.
Resolutions recently voted to that effect in the United States and Sweden “adversely affect our sincere attitude” towards illegal Armenians, Erdogan told the BBC Turkish service on Tuesday.
“There are 170,000 Armenians in my country. Of these, 70,000 are citizens, but we are tolerating the remaining 100,000 . . . If necessary, I may have to tell them to go back to their country . . . I am not obliged to keep them here,” he charged.
The exact number of illegal Armenians in Turkey are unknown, but researchers say there are between 10,000 to 20,000 of them, adding that Turkish authorities tend to inflate the figures to put pressure on Armenia.
Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their kin perished in a systematic extermination campaign during 1915-1918 as the Ottoman Empire fell apart.Turkey categorically reject the genocide label and argues that the toll is grossly inflated.