Armenian Soldier Remembered; Aliyev’s Aggression Condemned at Azerbaijani Embassy Protest

Scenes from the June 28th Armenian American protest against Azerbaijani aggression, organized by the Washington ARF Sebouh Gomideh. Photo Credit: Carina Khanjian & Armen Sahakyan.

WASHINGTON—Armenian Americans from the Greater Washington DC area condemned ongoing Azerbaijani aggression and honored the memory of its latest victim, Arman Yepremyan, at a June 28th protest in front of the Azerbaijani Embassy, set to coincide with the closing ceremonies of the European Games in Baku, reported the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.

“We gathered at the Azerbaijani Embassy today to denounce Azerbaijani dictator Ilham Aliyev’s repeated attacks against Armenia and Artsakh, and to remember Arman Yepremyan and all the young men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure peace and freedom for the Armenian Homeland and stability in the Caucasus region,” said ARF Sebouh Gomideh Chairman Aram Sarafian, Esq. “No amount of public relations spending, or the extravagant hosting of the first European Games, can whitewash Azerbaijan’s crackdown against journalists and rights activists in their own country and ongoing ceasefire violations, which undermine prospects for a lasting Karabakh peace.”

Arman Mayisi Yepremyan was killed on the Nakhichevan border on Friday, June 26th, raising concerns about yet another Azerbaijani escalation of violence this summer. Hundreds have been killed as a result of the Aliyev regime’s ceasefire violations over the past 20 years, with 2014 being among the bloodiest. Yepremyan’s death came one day after President Aliyev made outlandish statements laying claim to all of Armenia, stating, “Not only Nagorno Karabakh is ours, but even the present-day Armenia was created on historical Azerbaijani lands. We all know that. Already the world knows about it. Irevan [Yerevan] khanate, Goyche, Zangezur Mahal – these are our historical lands, and we, Azerbaijanis, must return to this land.”

“President Aliyev’s warmongering should be publicly condemned by the OSCE Minsk Group, charged to mediate a lasting Artsakh peace,” continued Sarafian. “Similarly, the European Olympics Commission and other international sporting organizations must not allow brutal dictators to use athletes to cover up atrocities and human rights violations.”

Over the past two weeks, Baku’s bid to boost its international image by spending billions hosting the European Games largely backfired, with a steady stream of articles and op/eds spotlighting Aliyev’s arrest and incarceration of journalists and human rights leaders appearing in top international publications including The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Times, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and lampooned on John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight.”

Members of the Armenian Youth Federation Ani Chapter and the ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship program participated in the protest, which was part of an international effort to educate elected officials and media about the Aliyev regime’s destabilizing role in the Caucasus.

Images from the protest are available on the ARF Sebouh Gomideh Facebook page at:


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  1. bayram said:

    Azerbaijanis land istiyor.v the receivables that will not save the Armenians in Russian cehenm day.

    • edward demian said:

      Don’t pretend to know English. It is obvious that you don’t. What is the point of making a comment, if no one understands you.

  2. Anto said:

    From now on every time they violate easefire and shoot one of our soldiers. Have a big really in front of the embassy for the whole world to see.

  3. Samuel Darbinian said:

    Azari rabid psychopath president long time ago suppressed news & information media esp. on conflict areas of border lines, that is the reason he is embolden to have free access to lies distortion & exaggeration be able to deceive his own subjects & in en other word he is performing apsychological warfare. As far as we know Alieve is fearful of news, media & information, Armenian government & media disclose the details of real information including photos videos statics of those Azari soldiers deceived by Alieve clan punished & destroyed on the hands of Armenian soldiers in self defense, which will frightens azari psychopath president.