Barely two days after it was unveiled on September 29, the bronze bust of Kemal Atatürk was doused with red paint by unknown people in Budapest’s District XIX.
Atatürk, Turkey’s founding father and first prime minister, is seen by many Armenians as being responsible for the 1915 genocide against the country’s Armenia community, in which more than a million Armenians were systematically killed by the Ottoman government.
The incident came amid continued strained relations between Hungary and Armenia over the extradition by the former of an Azeri military officer who killed his Armenia fellow student in Hungary in 2004.
The unveiling was preceded by strong protests from the local Armenian community, while the district government had been urged by the Foreign Ministry to rethink the plan. [index.hu]