January 5, 2024

Christian MP Verbally Attacked by Turkish Nationalists

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by Uzay Bulut, Research Fellow

“The reaction to MP Aslan’s speech underscores the extent of the abuse faced by Assyrians and other Christians.”

The only Assyrian and the only Christian member of Turkey’s parliament bravely spoke his native language at Turkey’s parliament. The reactions of nationalist Turkish deputies speak volumes about the intolerance and discrimination faced by the remaining tiny Christian community in the country.

On December 18, a deputy from the opposition, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Equality and Democracy (DEM) Party, George Aslan, took the floor during General Assembly discussions at the General Assembly.

Aslan concluded his speech by saying:

‘I celebrate the Christmas of all Christians, especially our Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian-Syriac citizens living in Turkey. I hope that the new year will bring peace and love to our country and to the whole world.’