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Armenian Australians march in Sydney to remember Genocide

Armenian Australians march in Sydney to remember Genocide

PanARMENIAN.Net - Demonstrators have called for the Australian government to recognise as genocide the mass slaughter of Armenians in Turkey more than 100 years ago, Sky News reports.

Hundreds of Armenian Australians marched from Sydney's Hyde Park to Circular Quay on Sunday to remember the hundreds of thousands of people killed in the Ottoman Empire from April 24, 1915.

Turkey has denied that up to 1.5 million people were murdered, and the Australian government has not recognised the killings as genocide.

Marcher Ara Megerditchian said his grandfather was orphaned as a child in 1915 and years later it still affected his whole family.

He said he wanted Turkey and the rest of the world - including Australia, where he was born and raised - to recognise what happened.

102 years have passed since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated in the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923.

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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