Dutch Newspaper Reporting on Armenian Massacres – 28-05-1915

Dutch Newspaper Reporting on Armenian MassacresDutch newspaper “Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant” reported on the Armenian massacres with two articles in their 05-28-1915 edition. The English translation of the reports is as follows:

 Prosecutions of Christians in Armenia

The British press bureau announced that the governments of the UK, France, and Russia had made the following public statement:

During the past month, the Kurds in collaboration with the Turkish population in Armenia have committed mass killings of the Armenians with handy approval and often with the assistance of the Turkish authorities. These bloody massacres took place around mid-April in Erzurum, Dertchau, Egin, Billis, Sassoun, Moush, Zeitun, and throughout Cilicia.

The residents of around 100 villages near Van were murdered, and the Armenian-populated neighborhood in the city was besieged by the Kurds. At the same time, the Turkish government was persecuting the peaceful Armenian population in Constantinople.

In view of those crimes committed by Turkey, the aforementioned governments have united and publicly announced to the Sublime Porte (the central government of the Ottoman Empire) that they hold every member of the Turkish government as well as its officers involved and personally responsible for the massacres.

The subsequent report says:

Mass murders in Armenia

The “Secolo” learned from Harmanli in Turkey that terrible massacres had been committed against Armenians throughout the Ottoman Empire. All Armenian deputies and notables had been slain or imprisoned. Van had been bombed by the Turks after the evacuation of its Muslim population. Now, tens of thousands of young Armenian people are hiding in the mountains, waiting for weapons to fight along with the Russians.

Source: peopleofar


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