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Speaker: Garo Paylan, Armenian Deputy Of The Grand National Assembly Of Turkey.
Garo Paylan represents Istanbul as a deputy in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. He is a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (known as the pro-Kurdish party) and one of the first Armenian members of Turkey’s parliament in decades. Renowned as a thorn in the side of the Turkish government, especially ultra-nationalists, Paylan has delivered several courageous parliamentary speeches including one with the picture of Armenian deputies of the Ottoman Parliament during the genocide. As a result, he has been the subject of physical attacks and hate speech.
Paylan will discuss recent political developments in Turkey, including the latest coup attempt and subsequent developments, Kurdish questions, and his personal experience as an Armenian deputy in the Turkish parliament.