The fear of Armenians in Turkey: “I have rarely seen such...

Sitting upstairs in a cafe on Istiklal, the iconic pedestrian avenue in central Istanbul, Murad Mihçi speaks in a low voice, and furtively surveys the surroundings. “I have rarely seen such a violent period”, blows this Armenian, one of the 60,000 who live in Turkey. “Ever since the war started again, I have been receiving death threats for my Twitter posts.” Ankara’s total support for Azerbaijan, which has been struggling for the past two weeks with the Armenian forces which control Nagorno-Karabakh, is the occasion for an outbreak of nationalist discourse in Turkey. And the Turkish Armenians are on the front lines.

“Nationalist rhetoric”

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“We are worried, worried, worried”, hammers Yetvart Danzikyan, editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Close. He is alarmed at a return to the dark years for his community. “When nationalist rhetoric is unleashed, there are usually incidents”, quick

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Jérémie Berlioux correspondent in Istanbul


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