Monday, November 2, 2020

France set to ban Turkish ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves

The Turks vandalised Armenian Genocide Memorial in Lyon, France


Nov 2, 2020.

France is set to ban the Turkish ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves group, the French interior minister said on Monday, following its weekend defacing of a memorial to the mass killing of Armenians.

The dissolution of the Grey Wolves will be put to the French cabinet on Wednesday, Gerald Darmanin told a parliamentary committee, in a move that would likely fuel further tensions with Ankara. 

 "To put it mildly, we are talking about a particularly aggressive group," he said.

On Sunday, a memorial centre in the town of Decines-Charpieu to the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, which Armenia says was a genocide, was vandalised with pro-Turkish slogans including "Grey Wolves" and "RTE", in reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The incident outside the city of Lyon comes as tensions are on the rise in France between its Armenian minority and the Turkish community over the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Middle East Eye