Turks hurl eggs at German embassy over genocide vote

ANKARA • Turkish demonstrators yesterday hurled eggs at the Germany embassy in Ankara in protest after Germany's Parliament recognised the World War I killing of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide.

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Berlin after the German Parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the resolution recognising the massacre as genocide.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the move will "seriously affect" the two countries' relationship.

Around 200 demonstrators gathered in front of the German embassy chanting: "Do not believe in the genocide lie!"

Eggs hit the embassy wall and entrance gate, but did not affect anyone working there. One group of female protesters called the Republican Women's Association carried banners of German brands, calling for a boycott of German products.

A second group held pictures of the Holocaust alongside banners reading: "There are no such inhumane scenes in any phase of Turkish history."

Some carried pictures of Mr Cem Ozdemir, a German lawmaker of Turkish origin who voted in favour of the resolution, with a red cross like a target superimposed on his face. Mr Ozdemir, co-chairman of the opposition Greens which was one of the parties that put forward the resolution, had already been singled out in Turkey's pro-government press as an "enemy".

The resolution that declared the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide comes at a time when Europe is looking for Ankara's help in the migrant crisis.

Turkey rejects the idea that the killing of Christian Armenians during World War I amounted to a genocide. Its Deputy Prime Minister said the vote was a "historic mistake".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2016, with the headline 'Turks hurl eggs at German embassy over genocide vote'. Subscribe