Genocide denialists target Los Angeles’ Armenian neighborhood

Genocide denialists target Los Angeles’ Armenian neighborhood

PanARMENIAN.Net - On Friday April 22, the Armenian Council of America (ACA) was informed by its membership that Turkish denialistshave targeted the “Little Armenia” neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.

The denialists were gluing posters on various walls in the neighborhood promoting “Fact Check Armenia” which denies that the Genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire took place, contrary to the consensus of most historians.

As an ACA member attempted to remove posters adjacent to Congressman Adam Schiff’s district office, she was confronted by three individuals in a van, who claimed to be working with the Armenian Government promoting peace between the two nations by putting up the posters. Yet the two men and one woman could not address simple questions about Armenians or even the Armenian government, nor would they provide contact information regarding their initiative.

Elected officials representing “Little Armenia” vehemently condemn such actions of the denialist when they were informed by ACA of what was transpiring.

“It’s offensive to see Genocide denial propaganda on the same streets where this weekend tens of thousands will march to remember the Armenian Genocide,” said Schiff. “So long as we raise our voices to speak the truth, the campaign of denial by Turkey and its allies will never succeed.”

“Posting these absurd signs promoting the denial of the Armenian Genocide is inaccurate and distasteful,” said. “There is no room in my district or in California for individuals to wrongfully distort the Armenian Genocide.”

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell also condemned Turkey’s denialism.

The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres and deportations, involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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