Armenians Protest Uygur Talk at Democratic Convention

The protesters turned their backs to Cenk Uygur

SAN DIEGO—Genocide denier and co-founder of the progressive Internet talk radio show, The Young Turks, Cenk Uyger was greeted by a group of protesters during his recent appearance at the California State Democratic Party convention. The event was the Progressive Caucus’ scheduled meeting and panel discussion held at the convention in San Diego under the auspices of the California Democratic Party.

Prior to the demonstration, the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region and the Southern California Armenian Democrats had lodged complaints with the California Democratic Party for providing a platform to known Genocide denier. Caro Avanessian of the California Armenian American Democrats also wrote a formal letter expressing the concerns of the statewide charter organizations with the speaker.

Torie Osborne, a candidate for CA State Assembly 50th district (Santa Monica), removed herself from the panel of speakers due to the efforts of Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD) and the ANCA-WR. Her voluntary removal increased the pressure on the Progressive Caucus to cancel Uygur’s appearance.

Issues were raised by Armenian and Greek delegates to the party with the name of Uygur’s program which referenced the Young Turks – the popular name of the Committee of Union and Progress which was the political party led by the orchestrators of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 – 1923. Concerns were also expressed about an article that Mr. Uygur wrote while a student at the University of Pennsylvania in which he made the following statement:

“The claims of an Armenian Genocide are not based on historical facts. If the history of the period is examined it becomes evident that in fact no such genocide took place.”

The chair of the Progressive Caucus reaffirmed her organization’s support of the Congressional resolutions on the Armenian Genocide but refused to cancel the speaking engagement of Cenk Uygur, which led to the collective demonstration at the Progressive Caucus meeting. Members of Southern CA Armenian Democrats (SCAD), ANCA, CA Armenian American Democrats Organization (CAAD), Armenian Council of America (ACA) and San Gabriel Valley Armenian Democrats (SGVAD) passed out literature on Uygur’s record of denial.

Uygur opened his prepared remarks with comments indicating he had no harmful intent when selecting the name of his program – the Young Turks. He further stated that he does not hate Armenians. His co-host on the program is an Armenian, Ana Kasparian.

His refusal to directly address his previous comments led to the peaceful demonstration by the Armenian-American groups with some walking out on the speaker while a large contingent turned their backs to the speaker for the duration of his comments.

Many officials expressed their support for the demonstration, including Assemblymembers Chuck Calderon (D-Montebello) and Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro).


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  1. zareh said:

    The Armenian protesters are the epitome of human civilization.
    Asdouadz tsezi yergar gyank dah.

    The Democratic Party has lost ALL credibility. The fish is rotten from its head. When their leader, the liar Obama denies the Genocide what do you expect from the rank and file.

    Vote Republican in November. Not a single vote for the Democrat liars and hypocrites.

    • Arman said:

      Unfortunately many Armenians are “eternal Democrats”…….for reasons not very clear to me, and perhaps, even to them.

    • Gaidzag said:

      We have learned from the past that both the Republican and Democrat are hypocrites.

  2. Jda said:

    Are we sure of this? I had read he repudiated his college statement decades ago. Does anyone know? He has an Armenian co-host Ana Kasparian, and i doubt she would tolerate denial.h

  3. Ed said:

    Who is this hooker Anna Kasparian? It would not surprise me if she is really armenian but neither it would surprise me if she is a turk that pretends to be armenian of tactical reasons.

  4. gary_s said:

    Send press releases to the newspapers about this protest! Once this gets in the news, the Democrats will be forced to drop this racist! Just like people who deny the Holocaust! They are racists!

    • Christo said:

      Just because she calls herself Ana kasparian doesn’t make her an Armenian. There were many Azeris living in Armenia prior to independence many have emigrated and live in US in and around our communities, pretending they are Armenians, since, they speak fluent Armenian. Most Armenians from Armenia attempt to downplay their existence, however, privately they will acknowledge their existence in our communities and blame them for as agitators against RoA.

  5. Steven Kocay said:

    Ana Kasparian is a very nice person who says what he thinks and believes. I think we should not judge her like this.

  6. Sergei said:

    Ana Kasparian knows Cenk Uygur is a genocide denier and continues to work with him on a show called “The Young Turks”. A case of having no self-respect for her heritage and the martyrs to which she descended from. But Armenians should stop having high expectations from all Armenians. This Ana Kasparian seems like the type that will assimilate within the next generation. Another Armenian who is one considered Armenian because of her name.

    Ask yourselves this question: would a Jew work with a Holocaust denier on a show called “Stormtroopers” (Stoßtruppen)?

  7. Peter Pogosian said:

    Eventhough we have some wonderful progressive democratic Jewish and Mexican politicians in the democratic party, there are some right wing Jews and Mexicans that feel threatened by Armenian political power and they try to anger Armenians by these ugly acts. If they are willing to invite Uygur to the Democratic party convention, then next year they should invite the Holocaust revisionist David Irving.
    David Irving=Cenk Uygur. The right wing Jews don’t like that the Armenians have made the world aware that there is nothing unique about the holocaust or about Jewish suffering. Maybe this is Jewish revenge for Armenia’s pro-Palestinian vote in the UN.

  8. Gaidzag said:

    Mr. war is using Ana Kasparian to insult the Armenians. But, Mr. war needs to know, by working with a person who has no self-respect he is showing that he is just as trashy.

  9. Hagop said:

    As a descendant of those martyred by atheistic “Young Turks” precisely like Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian ought to be ashamed of herself. She must have some deep issues, something she’s trying to prove. And I do not say this out out rash, shallow, nationalistic ignorance. I say this in all moderation and thoughtfulness, as an Armenian and a human being.