The website of a Turkish-Armenian newspaper, Agos, was attacked on Wednesday by hackers who appeared to be supporters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“You have been hacked, gentlemen,” read a note left by the hacker or hackers, who identified themselves as “Herakles Fearlesleon.” Next to the note was a photo of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, standing in front of an Ottoman tughra.
“We have seen many betrayers like you and we know what you are going to do. But from now on, we are here. The great Ottoman state is being reborn with the great master Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” the hacker(s) also wrote. “This is the sound of footsteps of the Ottomans! Anti-Armenia-Anti-US-Anti-Israel. We will uproot you!”
Turkey’s small Armenian community has been a target of anti-Armenian hate campaigns in the past. In a development that shocked the nation, Agos’ former editor-in-chief, Hrant Dink, was killed outside the newspaper’s headquarters in İstanbul in 2007 by an ultra-nationalist teenager.