POLITICS > CHP submits draft to recognize genocide in Algeria and Rwanda by the French

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Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Sinan Aygün submitted a draft law today to recognize the alleged genocide committed by France in Algeria and Rwanda.  
The draft law criminalizes the denial of the alleged genocide committed by France against Algerian and Rwandan people and would be punishable with two years in prison and be subject to a 90,000-euro fine. 

The law says France massacred 1.5 million people in Algeria between 1950 and 1958 and 800,000 people in Rwanda during the civil war in 1994. 
"It is an undeniable fact that the French committed genocide in Algeria and Rwanda. Those rejecting the reality of the genocide in Algeria and Rwanda will be punished," the draft law read. 

The draft law on genocide in Algeria and Rwanda has come during a week in which the French parliament is expected to vote on a motion criminalizing denials of the 1915 events as genocide.


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George Porge

12/20/2011 11:53:21 PM

Wow! Now we have solid proof that Turkish parliamentarians do believe in figments of their own imagination. How on earth could France have possibly been guilty of the Rwandan genocide? France had no troops on the ground in Rwanda. Truly amazing!

General Sherman

12/20/2011 11:35:41 PM

An excellent proposal! However, I would add the French's role in the extermination of the Native American people and their part in the slave trade.


12/20/2011 9:14:15 PM

Why stoop down to their level? Turkey should certainly point out France's dirty past and hypocrisy but passing a law is ridiculous. On the other hand, Turkey has a duty to face up to what she did to her Armenian population.

Blue Dotterel

12/20/2011 9:06:59 PM

In addition, threaten to refuse to take part in the missile shield against Iran (Russia). Why to you assist those that have no respect for you. Throw a wrench in their ME plans.

Blue Dotterel

12/20/2011 9:03:35 PM

Unremarkable. Ataturk knew how to "play hardball" better than this feebleness. Emulate his spirit and cut off the supply of arms from Turkey to the insurgents in Syria. Stop behaving like a puppet. Exert your independence.

mara mcglothin

12/20/2011 6:26:03 PM

Childish games played by grown men! I would imagine there will be many more Turks in France being fined for genocide denial rather than Frenchmen in Turkey getting fined. Freedom of speech is the issue. You should be able to say what you like.
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