Turkey Builds on Top of Christian Graves

November 14, 2019

This demonstrates the same contempt for the Christian history and heritage of Asia Minor that we see in the conversion of ancient churches to mosques; even the conversion of the Hagia Sophia to a mosque is now being contemplated. This contempt is also manifested in the ongoing denial of property rights and legal identity to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Turkey, see here.

“Turkey Builds on Top of Christian Graves,” International Christian Concern, November 12, 2019:

11/12/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – A neighborhood recreational project in the Turkish town of Dargeçit is facing increased criticism for attempting to build the “Nation’s Garden” on top of Armenian and Syriac Christian graves.

The Saray Neighborhood Recreation Project was launched three years ago by an appointee of the Interior Ministry. The $220K project became part of a broader 2018 presidential election promise made by the ruling AK Party to build recreational facilities throughout the country. Since then, the Saray Neighborhood Recreation Project has moved forward. Within the last year, the appointee built a toilet in the Armenian portion of the cemetery as part of the project. Armenians are often the subject of racial slurs equating them with being dirty and unsanitary….

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