I am very glad to see the Ecumenical Patriarch bravely criticize (so-called) Justice and Development Party, which has been in power in Turkey for over 7 years now. The current government, like the former ones, is not willing to solve the problems of the Orthodox Christians living in Turkey and even predating the Turkish existence.
Some Christians were overjoyed when R. T. Erdogan's party came to power in Turkey because they mistakenly presumed that this new party would perform miracles to defy not only anti-Islamic regulations and attitude of the secular regime founded by Ataturk and defended by the Turkish Armed Forces, but also the strong anti-Christian sentiments that had been fed by Turkish nationalism, which is still considered the foremost factor contributing to the salvation of the country from the invasion of the European countries after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. It is true that Erdogan's party has been walking with firm steps to break the shield of the secular Turkish regime by minimalizing the power of the Armed Forces, but it is also true that all these efforts were confined to the welfare of Muslims & liberation of the Islamic ideology, disregarding the problems of the non-Muslim citizens of Turkey.
With much sadness I can say that the tragedies befalling the Christian minorities of Turkey today owe their existence to the continuity of a hideous project devised and first enforced during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. This project aims to "cleanse" Turkey from her non-Muslim population. The first step of this process of purification sought ways of getting rid of the Armenian population, which was considered a major threat to the national unity of Turkey because of the dominant settlement of Armenians in the East. The result was the Armenian genocide.
Later, right in the early days of the "secular" and "nationalist" Turkish Republic, the Turkish-speaking Orthodox Christians of Anatolia were forced to leave their homeland and go to Greece on the basis of their religious identity so that Greek Muslims could come back to Anatolia.
These activities enabled the secular and nationalist Republic of Turkey to "save" both the East of the country and central Anatolia from the "threat" of Christian existence. However, this was not the end to the story as the Greek and Armenian population living in Constantinople began to intimidate the paranoid forces of Turkey and finally called them to action. The outcome of the hatred towards the Christian population of Constantinople was the pogrom of September 6-7 1955. The barbarous attack on the Greek and Armenian population of the city was ridiculously based on a rumour (a lie!) that Ataturk's house in Thessalonica had been destroyed by Greek nationalists. It was later understood that the pogrom had been planned and carried out by the right-oriented government of the time, which had needed a good reason to blame the Communists in Turkey! Most of the Greeks left Constantinople after the pogrom, which showed that anti-Christian Turkish policies reached their goal.
Syriac Christians living in southeastern Turkey were not exempt from these barbarous attacks, and the time of their punishment for committing the "crime" of being Christians came when the Turkish Hezbollah was founded and its terrorist activities were ignored by the government. Actually, the main target of the Turkish Hezbollah was the Kurdish minority. However, Hezbollah became a nightmare for the Syriac Christians living in Mardin as it was advised by some people to shoot two birds with a sling.
What about today? The hideous project of cleansing Turkey from the Christian minority is still alive, and the same old monster is victimizing different Christian groups and denominations and blaming the "threatening" missionary activities. We witnessed the appearance of this monster when a Roman Catholic priest was shot to death and another was stabbed in Northern Turkey. The monster had a banquet when it entered a Christian bookstore in Malatya and mauled three Christians (including Turkish converts) for their faith.
Who will stop this monster? The only thing we can do is look up and call God to action. Lord, have mercy!