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17.06.2021 22:12 News >> Turkish Student Grilled By French Intel Over 'Genocide' Denial

Turkish Student Grilled By French Intel Over 'Genocide' Denial

High school student Altay faces threats of imprisonment after rejecting his teacher's claims about events of 1915.

A Turkish-French high school student was questioned by French intelligence officers about his Muslim identity and for alleged extremism after rejecting his teacher's claims about the events that occurred in 1915 in what is now Turkey.
The student, identified as Altay, faced intimidation, threats of jailtime, and attempts to associate him with extremism because he did not accept his teacher's assertions in history class on June 2, despite it not being a crime under French law to object to the Armenian claims.
Altay and his family, who did not share their last name over concerns for their safety, recounted the events to Anadolu Agency, saying that his teacher had devoted half of the 2-hour class to the Armenian claims, continually saying that Turks "killed Armenians" and civilians.
"I couldn't stand it. I endured for 40 minutes and then calmly asked the question: 'Is there evidence?' Then, the teacher suddenly got angry and said: 'How can you say this? How can you object to this?'" said Altay.
He added that his teacher said he could go to prison for a year for his words allegedly denying the "so-called" Armenian genocide, with the school administrators calling his father to discuss what happened.
After doing some research, he found out that none of his comments constituted a crime in France and that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) did not oblige defining the 1915 events as a "genocide."
Questions on alleged radicalism, Muslim identity
After the incident, Altay was called a week later by intelligence forces to answer questions.
He said he was treated kindly, but that despite being told that he had not done anything illegal, they took the usernames and passwords of his social media accounts and asked questions about his religious beliefs and practices.
As a student undergoing exams at the time, Altay emphasized that he had been under a great deal of stress and, seriously worried about his future, was unable to concentrate on schoolwork.
Restrictions on freedom of speech
Altay's Father Aydin said that during his meeting with the principal of his son's school, he had been told that the teenager was "facing a very bad incident," and that he could be fined or jailed.
The administrators "exaggerated the incident" during the conference, he said. In response, Aydin underlined that in France, "people have freedom of speech" and objected to them restricting his son's freedom of expression.
"If he committed such a major crime, why don't you give disciplinary punishment?" Aydin said he told the principal, who said that was not possible.
"I said: 'But you convey everything to the high authorities, why don't you punish him? If he's guilty, then you need to punish him.' Then they were silent. They didn't say anything."
"Since that day, I've been in a little bit of depression. Since I was very worried, they gave me leave from work. My son's mental state also deteriorated. No one came to our support in this matter in France, only my colleagues at work supported me, nobody else...No one from the French administration called me."
Altay's mother Aysel also expressed that she was seriously worried about her son's future after the incident.
Turkish stance on 1915 events
Turkey's position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.
Turkey objects to the presentation of these incidents as "genocide," describing them as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.
Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia as well as international experts to tackle the issue.
In 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- Turkey's then-prime minister -- expressed his condolences to the descendants of Armenians who lost their lives in the events of 1915. -



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