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Mon Apr 26, 2021, 08:48 PM

Protesters Call for U.S. Troops to Leave Turkey After White House Recognizes Armenian Genocide

In the days following U.S. President Joe Biden's recognition of the mass deportations and executions of ethnic Armenians during the early 20th century as genocide, Turkish protesters are demanding that U.S. troops leave the country.

Biden's decision on Saturday to recognize the events—beginning in 1915—that killed roughly 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire, now Turkey, as a calculated ethnic cleansing prompted outrage from Turkish citizens and officials. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the move damaged relations between the two allies.

"We believe the expressions in the statement were included with the pressure of radical Armenian and anti-Turkish groups, but this situation does not resolve the destructive effects it has on bilateral relations," Erdogan said in a Monday speech.

A small group of protesters gathered outside the American consulate in Istanbul earlier on Monday in protest of Biden's declaration of the 1915 mass deportations and massacres as genocide. Chants of "Genocide is a lie, it's an American plan" could be heard along with demands that the U.S. stop using Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, according to the Associated Press.


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