Los Angeles News
HOLLYWOOD—Thousands of Southland protestors took to the streets of Hollywood on Wednesday, April 24, in observation of the 98th anniversary that marks the beginning of the Armenian genocide.
Organized by Unified Young Armenians (UYA), the march was comprised of thousands, including local clergy and military members, at the intersections of Hobart and Sunset Boulevards.
According to 2010 U.S. census estimates, Los Angeles is home to 194,000 Armenians, the largest Armenian population in the United States.
On April 24, 1915, approximately 300 Armenian leaders were deported or killed, and approximately 5,000 Armenian people were executed in and around Istanbul.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation in memory of the Armenian genocide on Tuesday, April 23.
According to the proclamation, “Armenian communities all over the world commemorate this tragedy on April 24. On this day, we honor the victims and survivors of the genocide, and reaffirm our commitment to preventing future atrocities from being committed against any people.”
Governor Jerry Brown followed suit with his own proclamation, saying that the genocide is “a deliberate attempt by the Ottoman Empire to eliminate all traces of a thriving, noble civilization.”
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