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TURKEY-REFERENDUM/VOTERS
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April 12, 2017
Armen Demirjiyan, a bookseller and member of a small Armenian community in largely Kurdish Diyarbakir,...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
The Wider Image: Turkey's referendum: myriad views, only two options
Armen Demirjiyan, a bookseller and member of a small Armenian community in largely Kurdish Diyarbakir, 55, poses in front of old books in Diyarbakir, Turkey, April 6, 2017. "I am a leftist. I will vote for 'No'. One man should not rule the country," he said. Belonging to Turkey's Armenian community raises different issues for Demirjiyan. "I discovered that I was Armenian when I was 27 years old. My uncle said it at my fatherÕs funeral. The AK Party did not do enough for Armenians. Armenian schools are still teaching according to the Turkish system. Turkey's biggest problem is that it does not recognise the Armenian massacre as genocide. If Turkey continues this way, it will be like Syria. Turkey must be a member of the EU." Turkey accepts that many Armenians died in partisan fighting during World War One, but denies that up to 1.5 million were killed and that this constituted an act of genocide, a term used by many Western historians and foreign parliaments. REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "VOXPOPS UMIT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.?
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