Beverly Hills, CA – The Armenian Youth Federation Western Region Garo Madenlian Public Affairs Office announced that more than 2000 protesters gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 24, 2006.
The protest was against the denialist policies of Vecdi Gonul; Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Turkey and his government. Gonul was invited to a luncheon organized by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
The AYF-WR along with both daises churches, all Armenian political parties, all Armenian schools, all high school and college Armenian Student Associations, and the Hellenic association and various other organizations protested that day. “The reason for this protest is to show everyone present at the luncheon, especially Mr. Gonul that the Armenian community of California will not rest until the Armenian Genocide is recognized.” Said Saro Shirinian, “Justice will be served for the 1.5 million lives lost.” Added Shirinian.
The government of Turkey not only continues to deny the fact of the Armenian genocide, they are currently violating human rights in their country especially towards their minority groups.
Beverly Hills, CA – The Armenian Youth Federation Western Region (AYF-WR) will be holding a protest against the Republic of Turkeyís Minister of National Defense, Vecdi Gn¸l at a World Affairs Council luncheon on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 11am. The luncheon and protest will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Mr. Gn¸l will be addressing various topics at the luncheon such as The Evolving Security Environment and Turkeyís Strategic Role in Eurasia.” He will also discuss Turkeyís vis-ý-vis the European Union, as well as the changing strategic landscape of Eurasia. It is possible that the topic of Armenia and the relationship between Armenia and Turkey will be brought up. It is important and our point to send a message to those attending the luncheon that the issue of the Armenian Genocide should also be addressed, discussed, and resolved.
“It is very important to have a good number of people protesting outside the Beverly Hills Hotel. It will not only show everybody attending the luncheon that we have not forgotten about the tragic events of 1915.” said Marie Minassian, AYF-WR Central Executive member. “It will also show the Turkish government that they have a huge force to deal with until this issue is resolved once and for all”
The World Affairs Council is an organization whose goal is to promote a better understanding of current world affairs by hosting prominent speakers. All luncheons include a guest speakers as well as a question and answer session. The council does not endorse nor promote any specific viewpoint, but invites speakers with differing opinions.