France ANC Sues French Parliament Azeri Attacker

Azeri infiltrator attempts to punch ANC France's Hratch Varjabedian

PARIS—The Armenian National Committee of France has filed a lawsuit against the two Azeris who incited a brawl Tuesday at the French National Assembly during an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Sumgait Pogroms.

“We have filed two criminal complaints, the first initiated by a young French-Armenian, a victim of assault, the second by the Director of ANC-France, organizer of the event,” said Sevag Torossian, an attorney representing the ANC –France.

A photograph taken at the time of the attack, corroborated by several witnesses shows that the attacker was aiming to punch Hratch Varjabédian, Director of the ANC-France, who asked the Azeri who had infiltrated the event to take their seats and stop chanting hateful and offensive slogans during the observance of a moment of silence in memory of the Sumgait victims.

“The suit has been filed. The Prosecutor should determine the conditions under which these two people, whose names were not on the list of guests sent to the administration by the ANC of France, could have entered the National Assembly,” said a statement by the organization.

“The Prosecutor should also clarify why a diplomatic delegation of Azerbaijan was curiously at the scene moments after the attack, not to mention the presence of Azeri journalists with cameras,” added the statement.

“The diplomatic representation of Armenia, for its part, made all the necessary arrangements with official bodies and strongly condemns this provocative premeditated and orchestrated by the Embassy of Azerbaijan,” concluded the statement.

The event, co-sponsored by French Parliament member Francois Roshebloun and was attended by several parliament members, was organized by the ANC of France to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Azeri pogroms in Sumgait.

Armenia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling the Azeri inciters provocateurs and condemned the incident.

French National Assembly member and author of a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide in France, Valerie Boyer, who was present at the event called the incident “provocation and denialist propaganda.”

Azeri President Ilham Alieyv “encouraged the incident at the National Assembly,” said Boyer.

“This latest provocation once again proves that Azeris are not interested in peace or the resolution of the Karabakh conflict. I ask [French President] Francois Hollande to seek diplomatic measures to end all denialist and hateful acts on French soil,” said Boyer.

The Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France (CCAF) said Azerbaijan was trying to export its anti-Armenian racism to the French Republic through inciting such acts.

“The country’s president Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly stated that Armenians around the world are the Azeris’ number one enemy,” explained the CCAF.


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  1. Varant said:

    The azeri embassy up to its usual premeditated anti Armenian stunts showed the world once more how racist and intolerant they truly are. What a pathetic and foolish display of azeri hooliganism.

  2. HYE MNA said:

    The world is living in the 21st century Azeri’s are living still in the 11th century same as they did when they
    invaed on region at that time!

  3. Vartan Matiossian said:

    Please bear in mind that the spelling of the last name of the MP who co-sponsored the act (friend to Armenians for more than 30 years) is Rochebloine and not “Roshebloun.”

  4. George said:

    NO peace can come as long as the Corrupt ignorant Dictator Ilam Aliyev and his Corrupt family is in power, instead of spending their OIL $$$$$$$$$ on education and fight poverty, they spend stupidly.

  5. GB said:

    Turkic animal behavior is a unique cultural national identity, where Altai genes still is a part of these nomadic subhuma animals, like Mr Ramil Safarov, Axeri famous national hero!!

  6. Ray07 said:

    Azerbaijan is doing the dirty work for Turkey. Turkey uses Azerbaijan to achieve political agenda, yet the Azeris are to ignorant to realize it. Foolish Mongols.

  7. Tony said:

    These Azerbaljanis must be punished; including the Ambassador and his Mongoloid staff who incited the violence.

  8. azeribarbarians said:

    azeris are aggressive and loathsome, they pose a serious threat to armenia and armenians. khojaly massacre is a lie. why do we only see 5 bodies in the azeri video clips from khojaly if 600 were killed? and how can the azeris call one massacre of 600 people a genocide and in the same time denying that hundreds of such massacres of armenians in ottoman turkey are NOT genocide. typical azeri hypocrisy. LIARS! AGGRESSORS!

  9. Nora Der-Bedrossian said:

    This is a savage race. Period. This serves one purpose only: Turkey will never a be able to join the European Union not only because they have no human rights in their own country, rather, they are savage and this attack on such a peaceful occasion is one more example. Further, the attack was acknowledged and seems to have been supported by their “savage” ambassador.

  10. Hay said:

    And the turks/azeris deny genocide,even when there is a commemoration of sumgait massacre they attack,but we are not afraid of war as we won the previous war.I will return to mayr hayastan.Getse hayastan!!!!