A Voyage To Turkish Shores
February 27, 2012
by Maxim Edwards
'Turkey, SOS!'—Tatar Nationalists picketing the Turkish Consulate in Kazan, February 2012. Maxim Edwards/KH.
On 21 February, three Tatar nationalist activists from the Azatliq (Freedom) movement picketed the Turkish Consulate in Kazan to gain Turkish support for their cause. The picket has apparently become a tradition. The strong words on the banners seemed to compensate for the modest size of their protest. “In Russia today” begins one banner, “there is an unspoken linguistic, spiritual, and cultural genocide of Turkic nations. Turkey, do not be silent!” On the other side of ulitsa Gorkogo, the Turkish consulate didn’t seem to stir.
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