Turkey Removed Assyrian Sculpture From Public Square

AINA - 18/1/17 Diyarbakir (AINA) -- Turkish authorities removed an Assyrian sculpture from a public square on January 8. The sculpture, an Assyrian winged bull known as a Lamassu, was in front of the local council building in Diyarbakir. No explanation has been provided by the Turkish government. Diyarbakir is home to many Assyrians and is 55 ...

Report on Turkish and Kurdish Confiscation of Assyrian Property

The Assyrian village of Ainwardo in Turkey (photo: Markus Tozman).

Augin Kurt Haninke - August 2015 (AINA) -- The German journalist Susanne Gusten in Istanbul has recently compiled a report showing that both the government and the Kurds confiscate Assyrian property. She suggests measures to be taken by the government to minimize the damage. These measures should not wait for a possible peace settlement with the ...

Turkey’s Christian Minority Sends Four Deputies to Parliament

Erol Dora, an Assyrian in Turkey, was elected to the Turkish Parliament.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com - June 2015 Turkey's Christian minority will be represented in the Turkish parliament in greater number after a long absence as four members of the community will become deputies after the June 7 elections. The results of the parliamentary election, one of the most critical and closely fought in years, ended the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) ...

Assyrians Demonstrate in Istanbul

16/3/15 (AINA) -- Assyrian held a demonstration yesterday in Istanbul's Freedom Square to protest ISIS attacks on Assyrians in Khabur, Syria. Despite the heavy rain, more than 200 people participated in the protest in the center of the city. A minute of silence remembering particularly the victims of the attacks in Kahbur was conducted. Erol Dora, the ...

ORTHODOX CHURCH VANDALISED IN ISTANBUL

29/3/14 A group of young thugs, apparently from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), vandalised an Orthodox Christian church in Istanbul. Although informed of the incident, the police refused to intervene. The desecration took place last Sunday. The church, Agia Paraskevi, is located in ​​ Kazlıçeşme, just outside Constantinople's ancient Byzantine walls. The church is famous for its source of water, deemed holy according to ...