Pro-Turkey group skywrites slogans denying Armenian genocide above NYC
Pro-Turkey group skywrites slogans denying Armenian genocide above NYC –
The US-based Turkish Institute for Progress turned to the blue sky over Manhattan to promote its take on events that took place 101 years ago and that Turkey has been denying ever since.
On April 21, a skywriting plane took off to scrawl controversial slogans praising Turkey and rejecting the Armenian genocide of 1915.
“How happy is the one who says, I am a Turk” reads one of the slogans, referring to a phrase coined in 1933 by the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk. Turkish children had to recite this oath at the beginning of every school day for 80 years.
Other slogans included “101 years of geno-lie” and “Truth = Peace,” as well as “Fact check Armenia,” the URL of a website aimed at countering alleged “Armenian misinformation” concerning the tragedy that took place during and after World War I.
Meanwhile, a group of cheerful people hired by the pro-Turkey activist group danced on the ground in Brooklyn just across the river from Wall Street wearing red t-shirts matching the Turkish flag that were emblazoned with the words“Truth = Peace.”
The same slogan left the Wall Street Journal in hot water earlier this week after it was used in a controversial full-page advert it published that featured three hands colored like the flags of Turkey, Armenia, and Russia. The Turkish hand flashed a peace sign, while the other two had their fingers crossed.