20 000 Protesters Gather in Little Armenia

LOS ANGELES–About 20,000 marchers took to the streets of Hollywood’s Little Armenia on Wednesday to call on Turkey to acknowledge its historical role in the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenia’s that began in 1915.

The most vocal in the procession were–primarily–high school students in black T-shirts who shouted–"1915–never again!"

The march was one of several events staged in Southern California on Wednesday to mark Armenian Genocide Day.

Marchers in Little Armenia carried signs that read–"Turkey guilty of genocide,"We condemn terrorism and genocide" and "Armenia’s united forever."

They walked for nearly two miles–partially closing Sunset and Hollywood boulevards and Normandie and Western avenues.

"Our land was taken from us," said Western Primate Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian–who added "We were massacred on our own land."

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti–who represents Little Armenia–added that April 24 stands as "one of the [most] horrible days in human history."

The crowd cheered loudly when a representative of Gov. Gray Davis said the state’s chief executive had recognized Wednesday as a day of remembrance throughout California for the Armenian genocide.


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