Quest for citizenship

Regarding the front-page article ``Kohl Backs Citizenship Reform, Defends Effort to Stop Hate Crime,'' June 17: It should be noted that Turks were invited to Germany in the late 1960s under labor agreements and took jobs that the Germans never wanted in the first place.

Germany chose Turkish workers over other Southern Europeans because they were the most productive, least expensive, and least likely to challenge authority with violence.

While German Turks should be demanding gratitude, today they are fighting for subsistence by pleading for the protection of their most fundamental human right - life. Also, they are requesting citizenship, a legal and moral status that necessarily flows from working and paying taxes for three generations in a civilized society. Gunay Evinch, Arlington, Va.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please fax letters to (617) 450-2317 or address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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