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56  23.04.16 - Torchlight procession commemorating 101st anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Powerful torchlight march pays tribute to Genocide victims

Powerful torchlight march pays tribute to Genocide victims

PanARMENIAN.Net - The traditional torchlight procession commemorating the Armenian Genocide started from the Freedom Square on Saturday, April 23.

This annual procession is the symbolic part of struggle for the recognition of the mass killings.

Prior to the launch of the march, the youth paid tribute to the 1.5 million innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century with a moment of silence, then burned Turkish and Azerbaijani flags to protest Ankara's denialist policy.

Carrying Armenian tricolors and chanting national songs, the protesters processed towards Tsitsernakaberd the Armenian Genocide memorial.

The youth will set up shifts to guard the eternal flame of the monument throughout the night.

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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