March 18, 2006 – Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, FRANCE.
The préfecture of the Rhône département authorized a demonstration of Turkish skinheads, that came from Germany by bus, to protest against a project of a memorial of the Armenian genocide.
The protest of the Turkish extremist group, called the 'Gray Wolves', started at place Bellecour, in front of the equestrian statue of king Louis XIV. They benefited of the protection of the CRS, and therefore of the French state. On the signs, the Turkish negationnists claimed "There never was an Armenian genocide!"
Grey Wolves (Bozkurtlar in Turkish) is the common name for the members of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party ("Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi", MHP), an ultra-nationalist movement founded by Alparslan Türke in 1961.
Like all other parties, MHP was banned after the military coup of September 12, 1980 and it lost many of its core cadres to the neo-liberal Motherland Party or various vestiges of the Islamist movement.
The Nationalist Task Party ("Milliyetçi Çalışma Partisi", MÇP) was founded in 1983 as a successor to the MHP, which as of 1992 is once again known as the MHP.
A significant pillar of the MHP's ideology is the dream of creating the Turan, the Great Turkish Empire, including all Turkish (sometimes referred as Turkic) peoples mainly in the successor Central-Asian countries of the former Soviet Union as well as China (the Uyghurs of East Turkestan).
The MHP opposes any concessions to Kurdish separatists, namely the PKK. Despite being anti-PKK they have also Kurdish supporters who are mostly of the Zaza-tribe.
The "Grey Wolves", in particular Abdullah Çatlı, have allegedly worked with Gladio "stay-behind" networks, according to Le Monde diplomatique . The 1981 attempt on Pope's life may even have been manipulated by this NATO clandestine structure, according to Lucy Komisar. She underlines the fact that Mehmet Ali Ağca, the failed assassin, was a Grey Wolves member who had worked with Abdullah Çatlı in the 1979 murder of a left-wing newspaper editor. "Çatlı then reportedly helped organize Ağca's escape from an Istanbul military prison, and some have suggested Catli was even involved in the Pope's assassination attempt" reports Lucy Komisar, adding that at the scene of the Mercedes-Benz crash where Çatlı died, he was found with a passport under the name of "Mehmet Özbay" - an alias also used by Mehmet Ali Ağca  .In 2004, the Grey Wolves successfully prevented the screening of Atom Egoyan's Ararat, a film about the Armenian Genocide
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (ozgurluk)
Subject: Turkish fascism, the MHP
Date: Sun, 31 Dec 1995 21:17:30 GMT
Turkish Fascism, the MHP