"I am from Turkey... I am an Armenian... And I am an Anatolian right down to my very bones.
Not for a single day have I contemplated a abandoning my country and building my future in the 'readymade heaven of freedoms' known as the West, or latching on like a leech to democracies that others have paid such a heavy price to create.
My main concern has always been to transform my own country into such a heaven of freedoms.
When my country cried for Sivas, I cried too. When my people were struggling against the gangs of the deep state, I was beside them in their struggle. I bound my own fate to my country’s quest for freedom. As for the rights I may or may not enjoy at this moment, they did not come free. I have paid for them, and I continue to do so.