THE ADANA INCIDENT
Following the Armenian provocation,
which lasted for days, the Armenians killed two young Muslims
and when they insisted not to surrender the murderer, the
demonstrations took a serious turn and extended to streets.
The Muslims and the Armenians fought in the streets for 3
The government sent troops
from Dedeagach to Adana immediately. Upon their arrival the
incidents tented worsen; but they were suppressed easily.
In his memoirs, Cemal Pasha said that during the Adana incident
17.000 Armenians and 1.850 Muslims died. If the Armenians
had had the majority of population, in the province, these
figures would have been differred. During the bloodshed, the
behaviour of the parties was not different from each other.
According to the research made
by the Patriarchate 21.300 people died. Babikyan Efendi, the
deputy of Edirne province prepared a report to be presented
to the parliament, but he died shortly after the report, which
stated that the number of dead was 21.001, could not be discussed
in the Assembly. By taking into consideration that there was
the possibility was that there might be some people, who escaped
from the scene and came back later; and since the figure established
by Cemal Pasha belonged to a period after the trial, it was
accepted that the muöber of the Armenians, who died was nearly
17.000, not 21.000.
After the incident, Adana was
put under martial law. The Muslim and Armenians who committed
crimes were sent to Court Martial.
Kamuran, Ermeni Dosyasi, TTK Basimevi, Ankara,1983,pp.175-76