Turkish Protest in Central Stockholm
Some 1,000 people participated in a demonstration in downtown Stockholm on Sunday condemning the decision by the parliament to call the systematic killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire genocide. The rally at Sergels Torg was organized by several Turkish organizations in Sweden.
In a narrow vote earlier this week, the Swedish parliament passed a motion stating that the killing of Armenians during World War I was genocide. The vote sparked angry criticism by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who then threatened to expel up to 100,000 illegal Armenian workers from his country. Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said his government would not adopt the parliament’s decision. He also made clear that he rejects to call the incidents of 1915 genocide.