100th Anniversary Commemorations in Sophia Mark Death of ARF Co founder Mikaelian

Activities include ARF youth conference–unveiling of memorial

SOPHIA (ARF Press Office)–A series of events were organized in Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia March 8-11–to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armenian Revolutionary Federation co-founder Kristapor Mikaelian’s tragic death.

These included a seminar dedicated to the strengthening of Armenian-Bulgarian ties–the official dedication of a bronze bust of Mikaelian–as well as a memorial stone at his grave where a requiem service was held.

At the same time–representatives of ARF youth and student organizations convened their annual conference of central executive representatives in Sophia on March 8-9–to coincide with the ceremonies.

Twenty seven youth from throughout thirteen countries–including Armenia–Canada–France–Greece–Iran–Lebanon–Syria–and the United States–during their conference–targeted the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide–and political understanding of the Armenian struggle as well as implementation of goals. The ARF youth analyzed current issues–including the situation of Javakhk–a mostly Armenian-populated region in Georgia that is economically–socially–and politically neglected.

Six participating youth entered the ran’s of the ARF–taking their oath at Mikaelian’s grave.

The youth–along with hundreds of Armenia’s from Armenian–Mountainous Karabagh–Javakhk–and throughout the diaspora gathered at Mikaelian’s grave for the official unveiling of a bronze bust–as well as a memorial stone made of materials imported from Armenia.

Speakers included ARF Bulgaria representative Sahag Tchalekian–ARF Bureau representative Hrant Margarian–and Bureau member Albert Ajemian. The ceremonies ended with the singing of "Mshag Panvor."

One of the Armenian revolutionary movement’s most influential figures–Mikaelian was killed on Bulgaria’s Mount Vitosha–along with his friend Vramshapuh Kentirian–while testing a bomb intended to be used during an assassination plot against Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II–the man who spearheaded the massacres of the 1890s–which claimed the lives of up to 300,000 Armenia’s.


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