AYF: LA Protest Attracts 5000 at Turkish Consulate

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Protest Attracts 5000 at Turkish Consulate

Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian Youth Federation Western United States Garo
Madenlian Public Affairs Office announced that close to 5000 protestors
gathered at the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon
demanding Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

The youthful crowd of protestors picketed across two blocks of Wilshire
Blvd. With such signs as `Genocide Unpunished is Genocide Encouraged,’ and
`Turkey stop historical Revisionism.’

“The Canadian government officially recognized the Armenian Genocide earlier
this week,” said Sevag Garabetian, Director of the Protest. “We are thankful
for their ability to classify truth and justice above special interests and
are hopeful that our government, here in the US, will follow suit shortly,’
explained Garabetian.

About two hours after marching on Wilshire Blvd. the protestors gathered in
front of the Turkish Consulate, where Vicken Sosikian, chairman of the AYF
Western Region addressed the crowd from atop of a cargo truck, make shift

Emphasizing on the fact that over 80% of the gathered protestors were youth,
Sosikian said that this generation, along with future generations of
Armenian American youth will continue its demands for the return of Western
Armenia, proper reparations, and justice.

The protest, which has been organized for the last thirty years attracted
all major broadcast and print media and concluded with the singing of the
Armenian National Anthem.

The success of the protest can be credited to a committee of about 10 AYF
members planning the protest for over five months and over 100 AYF members
helping with crowd control,’ said Marie Minassian, chairperson of the
Protest Organizing Committee. `The protest is one of many forms of political
activism organized by the AYF throughout the course of the year,’ explained

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