On October 3rd, the Ottoman Military Band will be marching through the streets of Hollywood in their imperial garb, with Turkish flags, swords, and shields in hand. They will be playing Ottoman military music and celebrating the history of the Turkish army right here in the heart one of the largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia.
The march is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 3rd, from 4 6 PM on Hollywood Blvd., between Highland and La Brea.
This brash display is an affront to the over 500,000 Armenian-American residents of Los Angeles. As the descendents of those who survived the Armenian Genocide, it is an insult of the highest order to be confronted by a parade of an army responsible for the attempted annihilation of our people.
We cannot stand by in silence while such an offensive march passes through our own community. It is increasingly clear that the Turkish government and its advocates are going to all lengths to not only deny the Armenian Genocide, but to flaunt and rekindle memories of their crime directly in our neighborhoods.
The AYF calls on all concerned to show their dissatisfaction with this offensive parading of Genocide here in our adopted home. Stay connected with www.AYFwest.org in the coming days for more information about this disturbing march.