By Aram Arkun
BOSTON – A billboard denying the Armenian Genocide in the North End of Boston on the night of April 5 was quickly removed by the morning of April 7 as a result of widespread outrage
reflected in the media. Both non-Armenians and Armenians reacted quickly and decisively.
The billboard has a picture of three hands in the colors of national flags. The Armenian and Russian ones have crossed fingers, symbolizing lying, while the Turkish one has two fingers extended in the symbol for peace. The billboard writes “Truth = Peace,” and gives the website address FactCheckArmenia.com. This website argues that the Armenians were not subject to a genocide, and “counters Armenian misinformation.”
A Turkish group from Istanbul called Turkic Platform sponsored the ad through the billboard media company Clear Channel Outdoor. According to the Turkish organization’s website, “Turkic Platform is a non-profit, individual initiative established to bring all the Turks and Turkish movements living and operating in different parts of the world together…its mission…is to preserve and protect Turkish national identity and culture while introducing it to the world and cherishing it.” Apparently this mission includes repeated attempts to deny the reality of the Armenian Genocide.