Armenians of Turkey Condemn Racist Professor Ahmet Akgündüz

20.10.2013
Translated from Turkish by Translators for Justice
Source: http://www.marksist.org/haberler/13011-irkci-profesor-ahmet-akgunduze-kinama#.UmObAosI1LY.twitter

A group of Turkish Citizens of Armenian descent released a statement that condemns the rector of the Islamic University of Rotterdam, Prof. Ahmet Akgündüz, who expressed his hate against those who joined the Gezi resistance, saying: “The people that started the Gezi Protests are atheists, PKK supporters, drunks, communists and Armenians.”

The statement is as follows:

We, the undersigned, support this text written by Turkish Citizens of Armenian descent in order to condemn Prof. Akgündüz’s statements. We ask that others who wish to add their names to the campaign email atilla.dirim@gmail.com

We CONDEMN Professor Ahmet Akgündüz

The present-day perspective, based on modernity and rationality, rejects discrimination or hatred based on race, religion, language, sex, gender, or ethnicity. Thus, society’s spokespeople, the guardians of modernity and liberalism, must make a stand against racism, discrimination and irrational hatred. Our opinion leaders, artists, writers, academics and scientists must avoid using hate speech and fomenting racist tensions. Instead, we should strive to build tolerance and sympathy, founding relationships based on equality instead of discrimination, togetherness instead of exclusion, indulgence instead of disdain.

In this context, Professor Ahmet Akgündüz’s derogatory statements are a slur towards people of Armenian descent, stating that the Gezi protests were made by “Armenians, atheists, and drunks” (19.10.2013 Radikal). We assert that his statements are the voice of medieval darkness and reproach his words as racism unfitting to a scientist and university executer. We demand that he retract his statements or face further condemnation.

Dr. med. Sarkis Adam
Nadya Uygun
Rüstem Ayral
Zeynep Tozduman
Garo Kaprielyan
Kirkor Sahakoglu
Atilla Dirim
Cumhur Orancı
Mine Atafırat
Mutlu Bulut
Cevat Sinet
Gary Cicekian
Batuhan Durmuş
Raffi Hermon Araks
Nazaret Davityan
Feyzullah Cinpolat
Nurhan Çetinkaya
Dilara Salur
Erdal Gülsatar
İbrahim Emre Şekerdağ
Ani Kalaycı
Yeraz Saroyan
Helin Anahit
Veysi Zengi
Hagop Nisanyan
Armen Kurkjian
Maksut Kalusdyan
Ara Karakuzu
Ara Baltazar
Gerard Karagoz
Selay Ertem
Yaşar Kaynak
Ayk Ceden
Aram Isnar
Aida Kunter
Sinar Besiktasliyan
Murat Vural
Gül Minci
Panos Kartun
Murat Vural
Minu Nikpay
Vartuh Krikorian
Luiz Bakar
Erol Bakircioglu
Hilda Artar
Nurhan Uygun
Hayri Kaplan
Sabri Atman
Anton Aldemir
İshak Akyüz
Ş.Fırat Kutluoğlu
Nurten Güney
Mehmet Çubuk
Zelal Ekinci
Hasan Ürel
Rafi Kocun
Muhiddin Erdoğan
Suheyl H. Şengul

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