Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Turkey Dismantles Armenia Friendship Statue

Work has begun to dismantle a giant sculpture in the Turkish province of Kars, near the border with Armenia, which was meant to promote reconciliation over the loss of Armenian lives in the first world war.

The 35m stone sculpture, featuring two figures symbolising a single divided human, has been criticised in Turkey for overshadowing an Islamic shrine. On a visit in January, the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called it a "freak".

Artists campaigned to save the monument, and last week a prominent painter was stabbed after a speech condemning the plan to tear it down.


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