The “Immutable Changes” of Denial

  • by Western Armenia, May 06, 2024 in Armenocid

In the occupying turkish government, in addition to the active denial presenting as a normal event, accusing Armenians of betrayal and presenting them as victims, passive denial has taken its own place: keeping silent, not listening and not knowing.

Active and passive denial began in the years of the genocide itself, and then, with the establishment of the "Republic of Turkey" in 1923, it had a continuous nature. Speaking about the changes in the denial policy of the occupiers, it is possible to divide them into periods.

There was active denial in the 1920s and 30s, then the issue went into a phase of silence and inconspicuousness and came to the agenda only in the 60s, on the 50th anniversary of the Genocide against Armenian.

 In the 70s and 80s, the nature of denial changed during the actions of ASALA and others, and the "we did not commit genocide" approach was replaced by the ideology of "we were massacred, we are the real victim and the betrayed".After the 80s, denial about the genocide and, in general, the existence of the genocide against Armenians appeared on Ankara's agenda only when Armenians abroad took any steps regarding recognition.