The Turkish propaganda machine started working after the recognition of the Genocide against Armenians by US President Joe Biden. A few days ago, in response to Biden’s statement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made many false statements that clearly distorted history, blaming the Armenians for the genocide of 1914-23.
Following Erdogan’s historic fabrications, pro-government and pro-Erdogan media outlets, especially Yeni Şafak, have made a similar move in Turkey.
Thus, the above-mentioned newspaper recently published an article entitled “Documents on fire discussed for a century. Izmir was burnt down by Armenian gang groups” article, which states that the unprecedented fire that took place on September 13-14, 1922 in the historic Greek city of Smyrna (now Izmir) was organized by Armenians.
The main purpose of the article is to put all the blame for the fire on the Armenians, which is accompanied by false quotes slandering Armenians.
It should be noted, however, that the Turks, led by Ataturk, had occupied Izmir a few days before the fire on September 9, 1922 and the fire took place only after that.
The Turks base their propaganda on the report of an average official, while many witnesses, American and European diplomats, reported that Izmir was set on fire by the Turks.
American writer Giles Milton in his “Lost Paradise. Smyrna 1922 ” based on a number of memories, he writes that during the massacres carried out in parallel with the fire, the Turks raped the girls, then cut off their breasts, surrounded thousands and starved them to death, and the Turkish military band constantly played to cut off the cries of the people.