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Erdogan ordered to pay $4,000 for insulting Armenia peace statue author

Erdogan ordered to pay $4,000 for insulting Armenia peace statue author

11:31 AMT  07:31 GMT
A court has ordered Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pay 10,000 Turkish Lira (US$ 4,000) in compensation to an artist for calling his sculpture — meant to promote reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia — a "monstrosity." Erdogan expressed his dislike in 2011 of Mehmet Aksoy's giant "Monument to Humanity," which was being erected in the eastern city of Kars, prompting local authorities there to dismantle it. Aksoy then sued Erdogan for "insult." Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said the court ordered Erdogan to compensate Aksoy for the mental anguish caused. Aksoy’s sculpture was built in the eastern province of Kars and dedicated to Turkish-Armenian friendship. Yet, during his visit to the area, then-Prime Minister Erdogan pointed to the 35-meter-tall monument, called it “freakish” and demanded its removal. Kars’ municipal assembly promptly passed a motion to tear down the monument, saying it had been illegally erected in a protected area.
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