The Turkish word ‘Tenkil’ we prefer to use for this case means in dictionaries, ‘to annihilate an enemy or people seen as a threat,’ ‘to inflict a punishment that would deter others’, or ‘forced exile or migration’. It is a word that can be used interchangeably with the word genocide.
TENKIL Museum EXHIBITION
TENKIL MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
THE 8 STAGES OF GENOCIDE
- People are divided as “us and them”. Traitors and patriots. This stage was completed 8 years ago.
- The group considered as an enemy is defined by hate expressions: Assassin, traitor, Fetö… This stage was completed 8 years ago.
One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects, or diseases. This stage was completed 8 years ago.
Genocide is always organized. Special army units or militias are often trained and armed… For Turkey, a gang within the government uses the procedure of systematic abduction and torture.
Continuous propaganda is carried out to polarize the public. The nation gets divided into groups through expressions such as Alevi, Sunni, Kurdish, Armenian, Gezi supporter, Traitor, Gulenist, etc. The expressions used by the ruling government for years completely polarized the people of the nation.
Victims are identified and separated because of their ethnic or religious identity. For this stage, with the support of the Turkish intelligence (MIT), information and blacklists about ByLock downloaders, union members, newspaper and magazine subscribers, Bank Asya depositors, and private school admissions were prepared.
The killers see this as an ‘extermination’ because they do not believe their victims to be fully human. This phase started individually. Torture was brought back to life. Thousands of people faced torture while in custody or prison.
The government’s illegal orders dismissed more than 150 thousand people from their jobs. Nearly 170 thousand people were detained and 90 thousand people were imprisoned. Around 200 media outlets were shut down, and more than 300 journalists and media workers were imprisoned.