Istanbul-based Armenian church daubed with hate messages

The ruins of an Armenian church in Turkey.  Most (that have not been destroyed) are in ruins.  And the ruins look about a century old. 

The Surp Astuanzazh Armenian Church in İstanbul’s Bakırköy neighborhood was daubed with hate speech on Tuesday as “1915, blessed year” was written on the side of the building in reference to the massacre of more than 1 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Tensions have been growing since Turkey announced in January that it would host international events to commemorate the centennial of the Gallipoli Campaign on April 24, a date that overlaps with the annual commemoration of the massacres, which many countries consider to be genocide.

In addition to “1915, blessed year,” further graffiti on the church stated, “What does it matter if you are all Armenian when there is already one Ogün Samast”…

I have no idea what “Ogün Samast” means. Google Translate for Turkish returns nothing at all.


  • Ogun Samast is the name of an indivdual convicted of killing journalist Hrant Dink an Armenian, of the Agos newspaper.

    Sounds like he is some sort of Turkish nationalist thug.

    • Frau Katze

      Thanks for the info. I never thought it was a person.

  • winniec

    Death threats and vigilante killings are normative Islam and an Islamist government is actually encouraging them while pretending to oppose them.