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    Found by Villagers; Covered up by the Military

    By Ayse Gunaysu, Istanbul


    Turkish gendarmerie has instructed local villagers of a southeastern
    region to keep silence about a recently discovered mass burial site
    that might contain skeletons of massacred Armenians.

    The mass burial, believed to be from the Armenian Genocide, was
    discovered in southeastern Turkey's Mardin region on October 17, 2006.

    According to Ulkede Ozgur Gundem , a Kurdish newspaper published in
    Turkish, villagers from Xirabebaba (Kuru) were digging a grave for
    one of their relatives when they came across to a cave full of skulls
    and bones of reportedly 40 people.


    The Xirabebaba residents assumed they had uncovered a mass grave of
    300 Armenian villagers massacred during the Genocide of 1915. They
    informed Akarsu Gendarmerie headquarters, the local military unit,
    about the discovered cave. Turkish army officers, according to Ulkede
    Ozgur Gundem, instructed the villagers to blockade the cave entrance
    and make no mention about the skeletons. The officers said an
    investigation would take place.

    Ulkede Ozgur Gundem reported on the developments and the Turkish
    military's attempt to hide the news. In an October 22, 2006 article,
    titled "Found by Villagers; Covered up by the Military", the newspaper
    wrote that soldiers from Akarsu gendarmerie headquarters came to the
    site, covered the cave entrance and took photographs. Journalists, who
    had arrived to obtain more information, were denied access to the cave.

    Although there had been prior instances of finding mass burial sites
    believed to be from the Armenian Genocide, this was the first incident
    when such a discovery was reported by a daily newspaper in Turkey.

    As the mass burial made news, local gendarmerie made another visit
    to the villagers. The latter were pressed to report the name of the
    person who leaked the mass burial discovery to the press. The officers
    told the villagers that the news reported by Roj TV, an international
    Kurdish satellite television, and Ulkede Ozgur Gundem were "all lies."T
    The villagers were warned not to show the way to the cave to anybody.

    The victims of the mass grave, according to Sodertorn University
    History Professor David Gaunt, are most likely the 150 Armenian and
    120 Syriac males, heads of their families, from the nearby town of
    Dara (now Oguz) killed on June 14, 1915.

    The Armenian and Syriac residents were marched out of the town,
    and only one person was known to have escaped to tell of what had
    happened, Prof. Gaunt says. According to the Syriac survivor, his
    marching neighbors were murdered and their bodies were placed in
    a well. "The mass burial in this cave suggests that the two groups
    could have been killed in separate places, and that the Armenians
    were put into this cave, while the Syriacs were put in a well,"
    Prof. Gaunt, whose "Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian
    Relations in Eastern Anatolia during World War I",book comes out
    November, 2006, concludes.

    The Turkish government officially denies the genocide of over
    a million Armenians, accompanied with massacres of thousands of
    Syriacs and other minorities, which took place in what is now
    eastern Turkey during WWI.

    Photographs by Ulkede Ozgur Gundem. Republished by permission.
    General Antranik (1865-1927): I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.

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    Mass Burial In A Cave In Nusaybin (nisibin), Mardin,

    http://forum.hayastan.com/index.php?...&showentry=558


    "All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed; and
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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    • #3
      Gavur, are you a member of that forum. Looks pretty good.
      General Antranik (1865-1927): I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.

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      • #4
        No this is the only forum I'm a member of but I read Blogian's blog which is through that forum .I also enjoy the music I find in that forum but the conversation is mostly Russian .
        "All truth passes through three stages:
        First, it is ridiculed;
        Second, it is violently opposed; and
        Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

        Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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        • #5
          banned

          The newspaper that first reported it just got banned ("Ozgur" Gundem)
          "All truth passes through three stages:
          First, it is ridiculed;
          Second, it is violently opposed; and
          Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

          Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gavur View Post
            The newspaper that first reported it just got banned ("Ozgur" Gundem)

            Wow. That figures.
            General Antranik (1865-1927): I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.

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