Glendale’s annual Armenian Genocide memorial event returned this year for the first time since the pandemic began.
A packed house at the Alex Theater enjoyed musical performances by the Lark Musical Society.
Los Angeles County is home to the largest Armenian population in the United States.
Many events took place across our region, including a protest and rally in front of the Turkish Consulate in Beverly Hills.
The event, organized by the Armenian Youth Federation, was organized to commemorate the 1.5 million Armenians killed in 1915 by the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Turkey denies that the genocide ever took place.
“Every year we will mobilize, we will come together to make sure of this, because at this moment the homeland is suffering direct violence and it is our duty to make noise against this and to be in solidarity with them”, said Hasmik Burushyan with the Armenian Youth Federation.
The protesters want Turkey to acknowledge its past, and they want to raise awareness about what is happening right now.
Hoping for understanding, compassion and a change in policy.
“Right now we need to make sure that the United States does not fund the republic of Turkey and Azerbaijan, these weapons are used to kill so many people in Armenia in Artsakh”