The Turkish Embassy in Mexico, through strong pressures on various state and government authorities, managed to suspend a film festival at the Museo Nacional de las Culturas in Mexico City.
The film festival was going to feature movies like “Grandma’s Tattoos,” “The Lark Farm,” “The Cut,” “Screamers,” and “Ararat,” among others.
“After one hundred years of the Armenian genocide, they once again seek to silence the word. The current Turkish government tries by all means to prevent the use of the word genocide,” said Professor Carlos Antaramian at the opening of an exhibition, “Armenia, an open wound,” held in the Memory and Tolerance Museum, which will be open from April 17 to September 6 and has 800-1,000 visitors per day. Some 80 objects are showed at the exhibition, divided in four thematic areas: cultural production of Armenia, the genocide, the life of refugees, and the Armenian community in Mexico.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry tried to prevent the use of the word “genocide” in other activities as well, such as a concert dedicated to the victims of the Armenian genocide, after pressure from Turkish diplomats.
“The Mexican government not only does not recognize the Armenian genocide, but in recent days a very powerful hand inside the government has shown a particular interest in silencing the commemoration of the Genocide which was organized by the Armenian community in Mexico. The word remains muted in this 2015,” said Antaramian.