ANKARA (Bianet) – Independent MP Ümit Özdağ has threatened Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Garo Paylan over his remarks about the Armenian Genocide.
On April 24 Genocide Remembrance Day, Paylan criticized the fact that there are still streets and schools named after Talat Pasha, who was the Ottoman Empire’s minister of interior during the Genocide.
“After 106 years, we walk on streets named after Talat Pasha, the architect of the Genocide. We educate our children at schools named after Talat Pasha,” he wrote on Twitter. He likened the situation to naming schools and streets after Hitler in Germany.
Quoting his tweet, Özdağ wrote, “Impudent provocateur man. If you are not content, go to hell. Talat Pasha didn’t expel patriotic Armenians but those who stabbed us in the back like you. When the time comes, you’ll also have a Talat Pasha experience and you should have it.”
Özdağ, a former member of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), was elected as an MP in the 2018 elections from the İYİ (Good) Party, a splinter movement of the MHP.
He resigned from the İYİ Party in early March, accusing it of expelling nationalists from the party.