Insolent Turks threaten to ban NSW MP’s over Armenian genocide critique

NSW MPs defiant over Turkey threat of Gallipoli ban  (ABC NEWS)

Whenever somebody in the West mentions the Armenian genocide, Turkish headbangers go apeshit.


New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell and other state MPs have hit out at Turkish government threats to ban them from the Gallipoli centenary celebration.

The Turkish threats were made after the NSW Parliament gave unanimous support in May for a motion recognising the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides between 1915 and 1922.

It is estimated 1.5 million Armenians died during the period.

The Turks have long disputed it was genocide.


The country’s consul general in Sydney says the motion has damaged relations between the two countries, and accounts of atrocities from ANZAC prisoners of war are fabrications.

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Mr O’Farrell and other NSW MPs will not be issued visas to attend the Gallipoli centenary.

“These persons who try to damage the spirit of Canakkle/Gallipoli will also not have their place in the Canakkale ceremonies where we commemorate our sons lying side by side in our soil,” he said.

The local council at Gallipoli has also made it clear the critics will not be welcome at the centenary celebrations in 2015.

“We announce to the public that we will not forgive those who are behind these decisions and that we don’t want to see them in Canakkale anymore,” it said.

But Mr O’Farrell says the facts cannot be denied.

“What a terrible indictment by the consul general of the freedom that was fought for on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915,” the Premier said.

“The truth will set people free, history should never be denied, otherwise it is likely to be repeated.”

NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is of Armenian background and its equally defiant.

“What makes us so unique as Australians is our ability, whether you are member of parliament or a member of the public, to express your views freely,” she said

“That freedom is exactly what was fought for in Gallipoli in 1915.”

5 thoughts on “Insolent Turks threaten to ban NSW MP’s over Armenian genocide critique”

  1. 1. That nasty piece of excrement, Erdogan, is desperately trying to destroy all traces of Ataturk who had the class to despise islam and was a real civilised human being. So he will welcome any cheap excuse to eventually completely do away with the Australian commemorative services in Gallipoli. NSW is just the first cab of the rank.

    2. Bravo NSW, proud of you! for not caving in like the latest European islamic colonie, France, who fell over in their abject dhimmitude:

  2. Whoops. I better read up on it then. I was thinking more about Ataturk’s rather generous message to the “mothers of Australian fallen soldiers” didn’t he turn away from islam? As to the story of the Armenian Genocide, the first I had heard about it was during the demonstrations in Paris, when France wanted to introduce a law to recognise the Armenian Genocide. Of course, after the black-mail by Erdogan, France when to water.

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