Target: President of Austria, Doris Bures
Goal: Praise Austrian leaders for recognizing the Armenian genocide with a moment of silence.
Austrian parliamentary leaders held a moment of silence to recognize the tragic Armenian genocide that occurred nearly 100 years ago. This has already sparked backlash from Turkey, who still hold that the “Armenian account” of what happened should not be taken as truth.
The leaders of Austria’s six parliamentary parties joined together to issue a joint statement that said it was Austria’s “duty to recognize and condemn the terrible events as genocide.”
On April 24, 1915, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was allied with the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman Turks began the mass genocide of roughly 1.5 million Armenians. Austria has called on Turkey to recognize this mass killing the Ottoman Empire committed against Armenians as a genocide.
Turkey responded by saying that they were “disappointed” and that the genocide “has no historical or legal basis.” Turkey has acknowledged the killings of Armenians in 1915, but they refuse to call it a genocide.
Austria made a bold move by recognizing the Armenian genocide. Many countries who have Turkey as a NATO ally are avoiding the term “genocide” at all costs, and doing a disservice to all those who died at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915. Praise Austria for doing the right thing and acknowledging the Armenian genocide.
Dear President Doris Bures,
I would like to thank you and the Austrian parliament for holding a moment of silence to recognize the Armenian genocide and referring to it as a genocide rather than avoiding such language. This admittance, despite Turkey’s opposition, is the right thing to do.
On April 24, 1915 the Ottoman Empire began a mass killing of the Armenians which should be called a genocide. Turkey admits to the killing of Armenians, but still holds that this event should not be classified as a genocide. This blatant disrespect for Armenian victims is disappointing. They have successfully convinced other countries to avoid using the term in order to stay in good relations with Turkey. Thank you for not bowing to this pressure and acknowledging the event for what it was.
We cannot pretend that the Armenian genocide didn’t happen and other leaders who avoid using the word “genocide” to describe the events in 1915 are doing the victims of the genocide a huge disservice. The courage of Austria’s government is to be admired.
Please continue to speak the truth and give these victims proper respect. We cannot deny these events any longer.
[Your Name Here]
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