SURVIVORS, OFFICIALS TO ATTEND GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION EVENT IN HOLLYWOOD
- Unified Young Armenians, Inc. (UYA) will hold annual mass demonstration on April 24, 2012, in participation with leaders of the Armenian American community and the general public to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
On April 24, 1915, the Young Turks carried out their plan to annihilate the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire. It became the prototype for all genocides following thereafter. The mass extermination and systematic killings resulted in the massacre of 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women, and children. For the past 97 years, this crime against humanity has gone unpunished. The descendants of the Ottoman Empire - the Republic of Turkey - refuse to acknowledge the guilt of their ancestors and continue to blackmail, to bribe, and to lie in order to conceal the truth.
The protest will begin at 10:00 am at the intersection of Hollywood and Hobart Boulevards.
Among the participants will be genocide survivors, politicians, human rights activists, government officials, and intellectuals. Prominent members of the community have been invited to participate and to speak at the closing ceremony, which will take place at 12:00 pm.
In 1918, former President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt wrote in a letter to Cleveland Hoadley Dodge: "… the Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and the failure to act against Turkey is to condone it… the failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense." The denial campaign of the Armenian Genocide by the Republic of Turkey continues. UYA demands for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by both the United States of America and the Republic of Turkey. It seeks justice for the sake of all genocides in the past and present.
UYA is a non-partisan, non-religious, and a non-profit grassroots youth organization. Its goal is to encourage activism among the Armenian youth, while advocating justice and human rights. It upholds the power of knowledge and education. UYA's mission is to serve the collective good and to promote a world free of genocides.
- 1879 Death in Moscow (Russia) of Stepanos Nazaryan, editor of the "Aurora Borealis". He was born in 1812.
- 1918 The "Messenger Book" daily is published in Tbilissi (Georgia): the first Soviet newspaper in Armenian.
- 1923 The Soviet of People's Committee of the Armenian SSR creates the State Cinema of Soviet Armenia (HayFilm).
- 1953 Academician Hrachia Atcharyan (linguist) dies in Yerevan. He was born in 1876.
- 1958 Death of composer Vagharshak Srvandztian.
- 1959 The Armenian SSR Supreme Soviet confirms the new Education Policy of Armenia.
- 1984 The US House of Representatives accepts a resolution (number 247) requesting that the Government announce that 1985 04 24 be designated a "National Day of Commemoration of Man's Inhumanity to Man".
- 1984 The Permanent People's Tribunal recognized the Armenian Genocide.
- 1998 An international seminar took place in the Sorbonne (Paris) on the Armenian Genocide. It was organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Party and financed by the See of Cilicia.