25,000 Protest Turkish Troops in Lebanon

BEIRUT–More than 25,000 Lebanese-Armenia’s rallied in Beirut Thursday against Turkish troops taking part in a UN peacekeeping force there, on the same day France moved to make denial of the Ottoman genocide of Armenia’s a crime. Organized by the Armenian Youth Federation of Lebanon and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Zavarian Student Organization the community gathered at Martyrs square with political and religious leaders in attendance, just two days after the first contingent of Turkish peacekeepers arrived to police a ceasefire between Israel and Hizbullah. Beirut’s downtown Place des Martyrs, which honors six Lebanese nationalists who were hanged by the Ottomans during World War I. The crowd held high banners denouncing the presence of Turkish troops as "an insult to the collective memory of the Armenian people", while waving Armenian, Lebanese and French flags. "Genocide, massacre, deportation: Turkey’s definition of peace," read another banner.

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