The comments of the Turks on social media have not stopped since the moment the US administration announced the recognition of the “genocide” committed by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 against Armenians.

If anger was a dominant feature of most of the comments, few of those who showed sympathy with the Armenians were accused of betrayal and sympathy with their enemies.

On Saturday, the US President, Joe Biden, recognized the massacres committed by the Ottomans against the Armenians as a “genocide”, thus becoming the first president of the United States to officially recognize the Armenian genocide.

“On this day every year, we remember the souls of all those who died in the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman era and we renew our commitment to prevent such atrocities from happening again,” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of those massacres.

Among those sympathetic to Biden’s decision, the famous “Bosphorus Solidarity” platform, a Turkish opposition platform, wrote in a tweet, “On the 106th anniversary of the Armenian massacre, we share the pain of the Armenian people, and we salute their honorable resistance.”

The page faced angry reactions and reached the point of betrayal.

This Turkish tweet said, “You are a model indicating that every opponent is not necessarily logical and correct in his point of view, there may be traitors between us.”

The Kurdish People’s Party was also subjected to severe criticism, after it published a tweet criticizing the Turkish government’s position on the genocide against Armenians.

“Turkey has not faced the Armenian genocide for 106 years,” the party said in its tweet. “This genocide took place in these lands and justice must be done here.”

The tweet continued, “On its 106th anniversary, we share grief over the genocide of the ancient people in our country, and we commemorate those who have fallen.”

In reaction, this tweet considered that “the Kurdish People’s Party is Armenian, the People’s Party is an enemy of the Turks and Kurds .. There is no genocide of Armenians, it is a lie, it is a fabrication.”

As for this tweet, she said, “Do you want to look at treason, look at the People’s Party?”

In another Turkish tweet, the Peoples ‘Party politicians considered an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Turkey classifies as a terrorist organization, due to its position on the Armenian genocide.

Other tweets searched archives, looking for tweets sympathetic to Armenians. And one of them found an old tweet of the Turkish opposition, Cenan Kaftancioglu, vice president of the opposition Republican People’s Party in Istanbul.

Koftanjioglu, in 2013, posted a tweet in which she mocked the Turks’ disregard for the Armenian Genocide, and said, “What day after April 23? This is a hint for those who do not want to know: 1915.”

This tweet commented on the position of Kaftancioglu, saying, “I think that Kaftancioglu is now celebrating (American recognition), but I cannot verify that.”

Another tweet wrote: “Before Biden admitted (the Armenian massacre), there were traitors in our country like the People’s Party, and the Republican People’s Party to which you belong, as Kaftancioglu, who are still continuing this betrayal.”

On the other hand, Turkish personalities attacked the American recognition of the “Armenian genocide,” as Hamzah Dag, a parliamentarian for the city of Izmir in the Turkish Justice and Development Party, said on his page, “We condemn the decision of the US President, using the term Armenian genocide.”

A Turkish songwriter said that the ruling Justice and Development packages response to Biden’s decision on the Armenian genocide is not appropriate, and called for some action to be taken on a base in the US Incirlik in Turkey.

This Turkish tweet considered Biden’s decision on the Armenian genocide as just “propaganda.”

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused “third parties” of interfering in his country’s affairs, shortly after US President Joe Biden officially recognized the Armenian genocide.

“Words cannot change history or rewrite it,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter moments after Biden’s announcement, adding, “We will not receive lessons from anyone about our history.”

It is estimated that one and a half million Armenians were systematically killed during World War I at the hands of the Ottoman Empire forces, which were then allied with Germany and the Empire of Austria-Hungary. They commemorate this campaign on April 24 of every year.

Turkey, which arose at the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire in 1920, acknowledged the occurrence of massacres, but rejects the term genocide, noting that the Anatolia region was witnessing at that time a civil war accompanied by a famine that killed between 300 thousand to half a million Armenians and a large number of Turks.

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Synthia Rozario
An editorial staff member at The Eastern Herald. Formerly, correspondent of The Eastern Express, Hong Kong.