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    Posted April 24, 2009 by
    Yerevan, Armenia
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    94th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide


    On the eve of the Genocide day in Armenia, thousands of people have gathered here in the center of the town holding torches in hand in memory of 1.5 million Armenians who were killed in 1915 in Ottoman  Empire.


    As you can see many people here carry placards and banners condemning this historic massacre and asking the international community to recognize it as an act of Genocide. They are marching toward the Genocide  Monument in the other side of the town.


    April the 24th is a milestone in Armenian history. This is the most important day for all Armenians around the world.


    It’s believed that about 1.5 million Armenians living in different parts of then Ottoman  Empire have systematically forced to flee their homes and marched out long ways to Syrian Deserts in 1915. Many of them were raped, starved, tortured and killed. Only few could make it and inform the world about what had happened.


    After about a century, it’s still a very controversial issue in Turkish-Armenian relations. Turkey still denies any involvement from the Turkish Government and insists any deaths were a side-effect of the World War I casualties. The Turkish government continues to protest the formal recognition of the genocide.


    There are already 21 countries including Canada, Russia, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Sweden recognizing it officially as Genocide and 42 of the 50 U.S. states have made individual proclamations recognizing the events of 1915 to 1923 as genocide.


    President obama had promised Armenians during his presidential campaign to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. Now many Armenians across the world hope that he keeps his promise on Friday, which marks the 94th anniversary of the Genocide.



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