Garo Paylan, an Armenian-origin Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy was banned from Parliament for the next three sittings after he used the word ‘genocide’ during his speech, on Friday.

“We used to account for 40 percent [of the population]. Now we are barely one per thousand. It seems likely that something happened to us. I define this as a genocide,” Paylan said.

The abovementioned part of the deputy’s speech was also removed from parliamentary minutes.