Turkish authorities have removed an Assyrian sculpture of a mythological winged bull known as Lamassu, from the front of a local council building in Diyarbakir, home to many of Turkey’s Assyrian minority.

No official explanation has been provided by the Turkish government by the symbolic Assyrian sculpture was removed.

The sculpture was erected by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which has many Assyrian members and a strong presence in Diyarbakir, but was removed after Turkey placed unelected government loyalists in charge of the municipality, under the emergency decree issued after the failed military coup in July 2015, which gave sweeping powers to the government, AINA reported.

Erol Dora, an Assyrian member of the Turkish Parliament from HDP, raised the issue of the sculpture in parliament. He asked the interior minister why the sculpture was removed and what has become of it, but no response to his inquiry has been made, the AINA report continued.

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2017-01-18 03:51

Kurds must not be allowed to seize Syrian territory and to create a Kurdish
state alighned with NATO and Zionist conspirators.

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2017-01-19 05:33
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Nope, these are Turkish Kurds! They are the third of Turkish population. And this was an Assyrian statue in one of the remaining Assyrian communities! Kurds were “only” the 4th number of people genocided at the end of the Ottoman empire. Biggest number were Armenians then Greeks then Assyrians. It’s high time Turkey to pay for this. Thrace shall go back to Greece, Anatolia shal be cut in two vertically, mostly the high quarter going to Armenia and the lowest to the Kurds. Turkey is already NATO but as Erdogan wants the Ottoman empire back, time to push up a… Read more »