Armenian Genocide memorial in Lyon vandalized with pro-Erdoğan graffiti

An Armenian Genocide Memorial was desecrated on with pro-Erdoğan graffiti in France.

The Armenian Genocide Memorial in Lyon was targeted today with RTE, the initials of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, graffitied on.

Pro-Erdoğan graffiti on Armenian Genocide memorial in Lyon.
Pro-Erdoğan graffiti on Armenian Genocide memorial in Lyon.

Surrounding buildings were also graffitied, including with tags of the Far Right ultra-nationalist Gray Wolves.

In fact, they are the largest right-wing extremist organization in Germany.

Pro-Erdoğan graffiti in Lyon.
Pro-Erdoğan graffiti in Lyon.

The Lyon-based Centre National de la Mémoire Arménienne (Armenian National Memory Center) said a “complaint will be lodged following this abject act, concerning the memory of the French-Armenians.”

“We call on French-Armenian citizens not to give in to provocations and to not answer this type of hate call,” they concluded.

On Wednesday evening, members of the the Gray Wolves invaded the streets of Vienne to the south of Lyon.

Armenian Genocide Memorial Orthodox Turkish ultra-nationalists in Viennes, France - October 28, 2020.
Turkish ultra-nationalists in Viennes, France – October 28, 2020.

These extremists marched to challenge the Armenian community. They did not hesitate to chant threats like “Where are the Armenians ?!”, “Here is Turkey” and “Fuck Armenia, we are going to fuck you.”