ISTANBUL (Marmara)–A group of 43 Armenia’s signed a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday protesting a recent decision to show an anti-Armenian film in the country’s elementary schools.
The showing of the film called “Sare Gelin: The Inside Story of the Armenian Question,” has been mandated by the Turkey’s education ministry.
The petitioners told Erdogan in their letter that the film incites enmity more than conveying history.
The education ministry decision has sparked a debate about the appropriateness of the film for elementary students, especially in a political climate where the government is pursuing a thawing of relations with Armenia.
The film depicts Armenian militants killing Turks in what is being called the Turkish massacres by Armenia’s. The film was produced by the Ankara Chamber of Commerce and was sent to Time Magazine, which had inserted it some of its European editions. In what has become an infamous episode, after pressures from Armenian groups in Europe and the US, Time editors apologized for that incident.
Psychiatrist Dr. Serdar Dermenjoglu pointed out that the film can leave the impression that Armenia’s are bad people, adding that the education ministry or any government entity should place children in such a predicament.
The president of Turkey’s Human Right Organization, Euzturk Turkdogan said that in Turkey the Armenian issue is still a topic of debate, as such the subject should be taught to elementary school children objectively.