8 Dec 1918: Turks Organizing New Massacres. New York Times

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The New York Times
Dec 8, 1918.

      Special to the New York Times.
     WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. - Information
was  received  through  diplomatic chan-
nels  today that the  Turkish  authorities,
despite Turkey's defeat, are  pursuing  a
brutal    attitude   toward   the  Christian
populations   of  the empire and are incit-
ing the  Ottoman people to fanatical out-
rages  against the non-Moslems.
     It  is  declared  that  the Young Turk
Committee,  which  came  virtually  to an
end in name  with  the  flight  from  Con-
stantinople  of  Enver  Pasha   and  other
leaders, is  being  reorganized,  and  that
its  new  name  will  be  the Renaissance.
The friends of the  fugitive  chiefs of the
Young  Turks  are  employing  their influ-
ence against the new  Government  and
the Allies.
     Many  signs  of organizing among the
Turks for  new  massacres  of  Christians,
and  particularly Greeks,  are  noted. The
tone  of  the   Turkish press  is  reported
as hostile to  the  Allies,  and  the  police
show   particula r  hatred   to   Christians.
Stamboul, a French newspaper published
in   Constantinople,  is  publishing   warn-
ings  to  the  Turks  against   their  indul-
gence  in  uncivilized  excesses,  and  ad-
vises   the  Turks  to  "submit  to  the in-
    Feeble efforts have been made by the
members  of  the  Turkish  Parliament  to
excuse the massacres of  Armenians  and
Greeks. The members,  however,  appear
to  be  hostile  to  the  new Government,
which is said to be  too  weak to enforce
respect    and   obedience.   The   Grand
Vizier,  Tewfik  Pasha,  is   over  80  years
of  age,  and weak. The Allies  are  being
attacked  in  Parliament, and  the Foreign
Minister,  Rechid  Pasha,  and   the  Minis-
ter of the Interior,  who  sought to reply
to the attacks, were  hushed and threat-
     One  of  the  Turkish Ministers is cred-
ited  with  having  said  that  the  Govern
ment  was  incapable   of  establishing  its
authority.   The   Turkish    administration
throughout  the  empire  is wrecked, and
the  new  Government  seems  unable to
repair it.



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