The only thing strikingly different from the Jewish Holocaust (outside the vast difference in number murdered, 1.5 million in comparison to 6 million Jews), is that the Armenian genocide was carried out by successive Turkish regimes, which puts these state murders (democide) in a class all of its own.
Pro-Turkish demonstrators protest
Turkey has always denied that it predecessor state the Ottoman Empire was responsible for the deaths of between 0.8 and 1.5 million Armenians.
Other indigenous groups such as Ottoman Greeks and Assyrians were also targeted by the Ottomans.
According to press reports and the police around 1,000 people took part in Saturday’s rally. However, the organisers say that around 1,500 people took part.
The rally was organised by a number of Turkish associations based in Limburg Province, Ghent, and Antwerp and in Wallonia. The protest said they feel that Turkey is unjustly being condemned.
They say there was no genocide and that those that say there was are engaging in political manipulation. Some of those present called for serious historical research to be carried out into that period of Turkish history.