Houses of Christians in Istanbul marked with colored stickers
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Houses of Christians in several districts in Istanbul are marked with colored stickers.
Besir Atalay, Minister of Home Affairs must now answer after a parliamentary investigation, according to Turkish media.
The Ministry must also answer whether proper police investigations and measures are introduced. Traditionally the neighborhoods and Feriköy Kurtulus by members of the Christian minority and some houses were occupied in the recent marked with green and red signs.
They clearly refer to Armenian and Greek residents. The labeling of the houses coincides with complaints from residents about a growing Christian harassment, according to the study of Tuncel.
Marking of Christian homes arouses memories of the pogrom against the Christian minority in Istanbul in September 1955. At that time the homes and businesses of Christians marked by nationalist activists.
The European Commission has repeatedly asked Turkey to take effective measures to improve the precarious situation of the non-Muslim population.
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