Hundreds Mark Armenian Genocide Anniversary


Annenberg TV News, USC, CA
April 24 2013

The protest and march observed the 98th anniversary of the Armenian

By Ilani Umel

The Unified Young Armenians staged a protest and march Wednesday,
marking the 98th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

The march started at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Hobart
Avenue and concluded with a closing ceremony at the interesections
of Hobart Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.

Politicians, activists, and genocide survivors were among those who
participated in the annual march.

Organizers chose April 24 to commemorate the day in 1915 when 300
Armenian leaders were deported or killed by the Ottoman government,
while 5,000 Armenians were killed around Istanbul.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who is of Armenian descent,
said the annual march is important to keep pressure on the Turkish

“It is very important for all of us to recognize and condemn man’s
inhumanity towards man,” Councilmember Krekorian said. “Those
individual stories [like Rose’s] are what bring reality to those

According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, L.A. County has the largest
concentration of Armenians in the United States, populating nearly
194,000 people. Nearly one-third of Glendale residents are Armenian.

Governor Jerry Brown also issued a proclamation Wednesday recognizing
the “tragedy” of the Armenian genocide.

“On this day, we honor the victims and survivors of the genocide,
and reaffirm our commitment to preventing future atrocities from
being committed against any people,” said Brown’s proclamation.

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