LOS ANGELES – The Armenian Youth Federation – Western Region organized its annual protest demanding recognition of the Armenian Genocide in front of the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 24.
Thousands gathered in protest, demanding the United States and Turkish governments to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide that took place beginning in 1915.
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian addressed those present, calling for every nation in the world to recognize the Genocide.
AYF members Shant Meguerditchian and Rafi Orphali also gave speeches in English and Armenian, respectively.
“Even though the truth is on our side, this doesn’t mean we should stand idle and let the political system take its course,” Meguerditchian said. “We are here not only to remember the Armenian genocide but all genocides that have occurred thereafter […] We must demand recognition in order to bring justice to the culprits, so that history doesn’t repeat itself anymore.”
The event concluded with the singing of the Armenian National Anthem by the crowd.
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization in the United States, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian-American youth.