Ultra-Nationalist Turkish organization threatens to disturb the annual Mass at Armenian St. Cross Church
Ultra-Nationalist Turkish organization threatens to disturb the annual Mass at Armenian St. Cross Church –
Armradio – The Turkish ASIMDER anti-Armenian organization intends to prevent the conduct of the annual liturgy at the Armenian St. Cross Church on Akhtamar Island in Lake Van, member of the organization Irfan Ermis has said.
Speaking about the reasons of the decision, Ermis noted that the Armenian authorities have not allowed them to perform namaz at the Blue Mosque in Yerevan, Ermenihaber.am reports, quoting the TurkishMilliyet daily.
Ermis said they will cooperate with local NGOs and the population of Van. He insisted that the St. Cross Church has been built by Christian Pecheneg Turks.
Ultra-nationalist ASIM-DER group (founded in 2002) has previously targeted Armenian schools, churches, foundations and individuals in Turkey as part of an anti-Armenian hate campaign