New Yorkers gazed into the blue sky with bemusement as a skywriting plane carefully scribbled the phrase ‘How happy Is the one who says, I am a Turk’ in Turkish over Manhattan.
The phrase was coined by the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, in 1933 and was until recently an oath which every Turkish child was obliged to repeat twice a week at school.
But the plane then went on to scrawl more controversial slogans in the sky, including several which denied the Armenian genocide in 1915.
These included ‘101 years of geno-lie’ and ‘Truth=Peace’ and the URL of a website which is designed to ‘counter Armenian misinformation’ about the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians during and just after World War I.
Luke O’Brien tweeted: ‘Nothing screams ‘we have nothing to hide’ than a denial over Manhattan.
Last year Kim Kardashian launched an outspoken attack on President Obama for refusing to use the word ‘genocide’ as he marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians.
The reality star, whose father was of Armenian origin, has used her celebrity since 2011 to bring awareness to the genocide.
In 1986 a similar stunt set off panic in New York, when a skywriting display above a Turkish-American parade was mistaken for a warning of an imminent attack by Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.