Language Issues in Turkey

Mayors in areas of Turkey which include minorities such as Kurds or Arabs or Assyrians and Armenians are being arrested and threatened with jail because they allowed use of other languages in court proceedings or when people came to a government office to fill out applications. The Turkish government only wants Turkish used in government agencies even though in some areas most people speak languages other than Turkish.

It is the same story we hear about in America. I always find it ironic that American high schools make children take a foreign language in order to graduate but we don’t allow those speaking a foreign language to speak it in order to graduate. Weird.