ANTI-ARMENIAN DEMONSTRATION IS PROTESTED IN ISTANBUL
- ISTANBUL. - In response to the anti-Armenian demonstration held in downtown Istanbul on February 26 and under the pretense of commemorating the Khojaly incidents, a protest against discrimination and racism was held Sunday, again in Istanbul.
Close to one-thousand people gathered in Istanbul to voice their protest against the anti-Armenian demonstration, Demokrathaber website of Turkey informs.
The participants held signs condemning racism, xenophobia, and discrimination.
Journalist Yasar Guven delivered a speech, on behalf of those who gathered, and noted that, under the guise of commemorating the Khojaly incidents, hatred was spread against the Armenians and other peoples. "We shall not leave the Armenians on their own. We call upon those who bear human values to unite against nationalism, racism, and xenophobia," Guven stated.
In his turn, Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Mahmut Tan criticized PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements that spread vengeance, hatred, and enmity.
Also, the journalists pointed to the fact that an Istanbul Armenian and an Azerbaijani had stood side by side at the event.
- 1862 Ter Harootyoonian publisheds the "Yeghbayraser" periodical until 1863, in Calcutta.
- 1873 Birth of writer Teodeek (Labchinchian) in Constantinople. He barely escaped from the Der Zor desert and lived under another name till the end of the First World War. Then he returned to his birthplace. His famous books are "Monument to April 24" and "Calendar for Everyone", which he finished in Paris.
- 1878 Birth of Zaruhi Dolukhanyan (singer). She died in 1936.
- 1920 Parade of the veterans of the defenders of Hatjin, Cilicia. Four battalions resisted Turkish aggression till the middle of October. The heroic battle of Hatjin is one of the bright pages in the history of our national struggle.
- 1924 Death of Vrooyr, actor, satirist, and founding editor of the "Hoosharar" periodical.
- 1959 Birth of Vazgen Sargsian, one of the leaders of the Artsakh War. He was Prime Minister of Armenia in June, 1999 and was assassinated in the Armenian National Assembly on 1999 10 27.
- 1991 Creation of the "Gharabagh Committee" of Russian intellectuals in Moscow. The purpose was the internationalization and just resolution of the Artsakh Problem.
- 1998 The Cypriot Parliament condemns the decision to desecrate the Makar Church (in the territories occupied by Turkey) by turning it into a hotel. The Turkish forces had devastated and pillaged it during Turkey's invasion of Cyprus in 1974.