GLENDALE – The Armenian Youth Federation-Western Region will be holding its annual protest demanding justice for the Armenian Genocide in front of the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 24th .
The protest will include community activists and civic leaders across the state coming together to publicly condemn the Republic of Turkey for its continued perpetuation of a campaign resulting in the death of over 1.5 million Armenians. The participants will gather in front of the office of the Turkish Consul General at 6300 Wilshire Blvd. from 4 to 6 p.m. to honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide and demand justice from the Republic of Turkey.
“Although April 24 is a sad day in history, it has a redeeming quality to it,” said Nina Amirian, one of the organizers of the event. “This day in History brings all Armenians together around the world to unite for this common cause.”
The Armenian Youth Federation calls on the community and all concerned citizens to join the protest on April 24. The organization is providing free buses which will depart Tuesday at 2 PM from various locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including the Pasadena Armenian Center, St. Mary’s Church in Glendale, Ferrahian Armenian School in Encino, and Pilibos Armenian School in Hollywood.
The protest is the culmination of a number of commemoration events organized by the AYF to mark the anniversary of the Genocide. A few such noteworthy events include a candlelight vigil at city hall hosted by the Burbank “Varak” Chapter, a Genocide Museum organized by the South Bay “Potorig” Chapter, and the “Cycle Against Denial” bike ride hosted by the Valley “Sardarabad” Chapter on April 14.
The protest is a symbolic focal point for the community and represents the AYF’s year-long struggle to gain proper recognition and restitution for the crime of genocide perpetrated by the Turkish government.
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) is the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization. With chapters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the AYF actively strives to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of all Armenian youth.