Armenian Christian cemetery desecrated in Ankara
Recently, the graves in the cemetery belonging to the Armenian Holy Saviour and Surp Karasun Manuk churches in Ankara were desecrated. Mustafa Yeneroğlu, Istanbul's deputy and vice chairman of the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), reported that the graves were vandalised and the remains were scattered.
It is believed that the vandals were searching for gold (such as gold teeth). A common misperception among many Muslims is that Christians are wealthy. This often leads to grave desecration, and sometimes more violent incidents.
“The bones need to be buried again and the area must be secured. To be civilised one has to preserve cemeteries and cultural heritage,” Yeneroğlu said.
He is currently working with Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş to find a solution to this vandalism issue.