YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Thousands of citizens–along with political figures paid their respects on Monday to the victims of pogroms against Armenia’s in the Azeri city of Sumgait in 1988.
During a somber remembrance at the Dzidzernagapert memorial to the victims of the Armenian genocide–the head of the Armenian Writers’ Union Levon Ananian–said the events of Sumgait–and Azerbaijan’s brutality not only affected Armenia’s–but also the European community that has established the valued on which human rights are based.
"We gather here today to voice that the entire Armenian nation–independent Armenia and liberated Karabagh are united in their issues and are ready to tackle all of our old and new issues," said Ananian.
Writer and publicist Zory Balayan called on those gathered to take the issue to the US Embassy in Armenia–especially in response to recent statemen’s by Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN) who–referring to Armenian genocide statemen’s by various Congressmen each April–said they "commemorate the so-called Armenian Genocide–the exact details of which are still very much under debate today almost 90 years after the events," but who have never "once mentioned the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Armenia’s during the Armenia-Azerbaijan war which ended a mere decade ago."
In his February 17 speech to the floor of the US House of Representatives–Burton continued–saying–"This savage cruelty against innocent women–children and the elderly is unfathomable in and of itself but the senseless brutality did not stop with Khojaly. Khojaly was simply the first. In fact–the level of brutality and the unprecedented atrocities committed at Khojaly set a pattern of destruction and ethnic cleansing that Armenian troops would adhere to for the remainder of the war."
Following Balayan’s calls–participants proceeded to march to the US Embassy where they presented a document of protest to embassy officials.