Photos: Thousands Rally On Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day At The Turkish Consulate
Thousands are gathered in West Los Angeles to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.According to the L.A. Times, up to 25,000 are expected to participate in the march and the rally, the latter of which is taking place on the 6300 block of Wilshire Boulevard, in front of the Turkish Consulate General.
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is held every April 24 because on that date in 1915 the Ottoman Empire deported or killed 300 Armenian leaders around Constantinople (now Istanbul)—a day known as Red Sunday.
Red Sunday is generally considered the starting date of the Armenian Genocide, during which up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire. Today, the Turkish government (the Ottoman Empire's successor) and even our own president do not acknowledge the events from 101 years ago as a "genocide," despite recognition by 29 nations and 44 of the 50 United States.
Over the rally, four planes circled overhead. Two of them pulled Turkish flag banners, and the other two had messages denouncing "Armenian lies."
According to census figures, up to 200,000 Armenians live in Los Angeles County—with the city of Glendale estimated to be around one-third Armenian.
"Here we have the largest diaspora outside of Armenia," Nora Hovsepian, chair of the western region of the Armenian National Committee of America, told the Times. "We want to make our voices heard."