A whole bunch of individuals gathered exterior the Turkish consulate in Beverly Hills on Sunday to demand the Turkish authorities acknowledge the Armenian genocide and finish Azerbaijan’s assist in Artakh.
The rally organized by the Armenian Youth Federation was one among a number of rallies organized in Southland to mark the 107th anniversary of the bloodbath. Los Angeles County is residence to the biggest inhabitants of Armenians in america.
Audio system on the protests honored the energy of the victims of the genocide and its survivors, spoke of Armenia’s wealthy historical past and tradition, and referred to as on Turkey to lastly acknowledge the loss and trauma inflicted on the Armenian individuals.
Outdoors the Turkish consulate on Vilshere Boulevard, rally attendees waved Armenia’s nationwide flag and chanted “1915 by no means once more! Genocide by no means once more!” and “East Turkey is Western Armenia!” – Referring to the historic homeland of the Armenians. He positioned his palms in crimson and pressed them to a white banner, an set up that represented Armenian bloodshed.
By many estimates, one million Armenians died within the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1920, one of many first genocide in a century that may be outlined by mass killings. Ignored by many of the world and denied by the Turkish authorities, Armenian slaughter was thought-about for generations to be a “full genocide”, as its victims had been forgotten and its perpetrators not punished.
Protesters stated Armenians had been going through threats. In 2020, with Turkish assist, Azerbaijan launched a struggle in an try and expel ethnic Armenians dwelling within the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Our neighborhood can be calling on the US authorities to cease Turkey and Azerbaijan’s ongoing struggle crimes in opposition to Armenians,” stated Alex Galitsky, spokesman for the Armenian Nationwide Committee of America.
Till President Biden formally referred to as the killings genocide in 2021, US presidents refused to do the identical. As a substitute he labeled the deaths by the hands of the Ottoman Empire as a tyranny – however not a genocide.
The LA County Board of Supervisors declared April final month as Armenian Historical past Month and final week handed a decision in Los Angeles County to declare April 24 as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. April 24 can be celebrated all through the Armenian diaspora and is a nationwide vacation in Armenia.
Occasions workers photographer Jason Armand contributed to this report.