France bans Turkish Far-Right Gray Wolves organization

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France has outlawed the Turkish far-right organization Gray Wolves, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said.

The Grey Wolves was established by Colonel Alparslan Türkeş in the late 1960s, and had close dealings in the past with the Counter-Guerrilla, the Turkish branch of the NATO Operation Gladio.

Despite cooperating with NATO, that did not stop them from carrying massacre's against minorities, like when they slaughtered 100 members of the Alevi religious minority during the massacre of in Maraş in December 1978.

They also masterminded the Pope John Paul II assassination attempt in 1981 and thousands of Gray Wolves fought in the first Artsakh War in the early 1990's.

Their flags have been seen among the Azerbaijani military in the current Artsakh War, and they were also involved in the First and Second Chechen Wars.

Most recently, the Gray Wolves graffitied an Armenian Genocide Memorial in Lyon, as reported by Greek City Times.

Pro-Erdogan graffiti in Lyon. RTE Turkey France
Loup Gris is French for Gray Wolves.

On Wednesday evening, members of the Far Right group invaded the streets of Vienne to the south of Lyon, and chanted hateful slogans against Armenians.

The ultra-nationalists marched and did not hesitate to chant threats like “Where are the Armenians?!”, “Here is Turkey” and “Fuck Armenia, we are going to fuck you.”

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

The ultra-nationalist group also engages in drug trade, human trafficking, extortion, death squads, targeted assassinations and a literal front for the Turkish state.

For the Gray Wolves, the main hand signal is a fist with the little finger and index finger raised, something that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is often seen doing.

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Erdoğan doing the Gray Wolves hand gesture.