PARIS (Gamk)–The front page of the Star Gazette newspaper donned a picture of the newly unveiled Armenian Genocide Memorial in Paris draped in a Turkish flag.
The Turkish daily ran the story of this "coup," organized by a few Turkish youth–following the unveiling of the Paris memorial which had immediately drawn strong protests from official Ankara.
Carried out by some fifteen individuals affiliated with the Belgium-based "Friends of Ataturk," the action was to protest the memorial which is located in the heart of Paris–dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
The photo on the cover of the Star Gazette shows the Turkish flag–with star and crescent easily identifiable–completely surrounding the memorial’s base in order to cover the inscription–while a group of men holding Turkish flags pose at the foot of the statue.
The operation seems to have lasted only a few minutes–perhaps enough time to snap a picture–since the perpetrators were not disturbed by law enforcement officials.
In a statement–the Friends of Ataturk denounced the inauguration of the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Paris–and condemned "the French friends of the Armenia’s who were by their side on April 24," threatening that the act is "simply a first warning." They also criticized the "Armenian lobby’s effort to gain recognition of this so-called genocide–when historians and experts affirm that it is a false accusation."