Turkish Woman Revolt -nyt19141214

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Throw stones in Anti-War Riots--20,000 Cristians in Peril

December 14, 1914

Special Caple to THE NEW YORK TIMES. PETROGAD, Dec.13, (Dispatches to The London Times.) --Refugees arriving at Tiflis report an extraordinary anty-war demonstration by Turkish women in Konak and Erzerum. Women threw stones and rioted for several hours, and when threatened by guards rent their garments and paraded the streets almost in the state of nudity, thus compelling the guards to retire in obedience to the Islamic law. They forced the vali to dispatch the telegram to Constantinople protesting against the war.

Armenian refugees from Erzerum describe the terrible position of 20,000 Christians whom the Turks threaten with massacre for their Russian sympathy. The prisons are full of Armenians and Greeks suspected of espionage. They are hanged in the streets and squares without trial and the corpses are suspended for weeks from the streets lamps. In passing Turks spit on the bodies and compel Christians to do the same.

There are now 200,000 Turkish soldiers and 1,500 officers in Erzerum, where a large quantity of provender and military supplies is stored. German officers control everything in the town and fortress.

A hard copy of this article or hundreds of others from the time of the Armenian Genocide can be found in The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts From The American Press: 1915-1922