TURKISH EMBASSY IN BEIRUT SETS WIRE FENCE DURING GENOCIDE RALLY
- Tens of thousands of Lebanese Armenians gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Rabieh, Metn, burning Turkish flags and calling on Ankara to recognize the Genocide of 1915, The Daily Star reports.
Officials at the Interior Ministry said between 20,000 and 25,000 people took part in the rally that started from the Armenian Orthodox Catholicosate in Antelias, Metn, and ended at the Turkish embassy.
The huge protest prompted the Turkish embassy to request a change of security arrangements in the vicinity of the mission. The crowds outside the embassy were separated by two rows of barbed wire fences and hundreds of riot police. No incidents occurred during the two-and-half rally which ended at 2:30pm.
The protesters chanted anti-Turkish slogans and set at least six Turkish flags on fire.
Organizers managed to keep the situation under control and called for restraint.
Traffic from Antelias to Rabieh was at a standstill as a result of the protest, which saw participation by the country's main Armenian-Lebanese political parties: the Dashnak, Hunchakian and Ramgavar.
Head of the Central Maronite Council, former Minister Wadih Khazen, commemorated the Armenian victims of the genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, comparing their suffering to that which Lebanon has endured in its quest for freedom.
- 775 Battle of Ardzni (Bagrevand).
- 1877 Tsar Alexander the Second starts the Russian-Turkish War in the Balkans and on the territory of ancient Armenia. The war ended with the victory of Russia.
- 1910 Death of Armenian writer Victoria Azanoor (Pompili). She wrote in Italian. Her books were translated into Armenian by Father Arsen Ghazikian.
- 1915 The arrest, exile and murder of the Armenian intellectuals (about 800) of Constantinople. The Turks start the implementation of their state plan for the Armenian Genocide. About one million Armenians are killed.
- 1937 The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia decides to dissolve the Committee of the Transcaucasian Countries.
- 1965 The Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide took place in about 25 countries out of respect for the memory of the innocent victims. A monument was unveiled in the Main Cathedral of Echmiadsin. The monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide in Montebello, California.
- 1968 The World Congress of Peace Movements, with the participation of organizations from 64 countries and of 16 international organizations, commemorated the Armenian Genocide.
- 1973 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Marseilles, France.
- 1975 Opening of monuments commemorating the memory of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. They were in Bikfaya (Lebanon), Athens (Greece) and Milan (Italy).
- 1978 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Lyon, France.
- 1984 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was placed in Alfortville, near Paris.
- 1987 An Armenian stone-cross dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Stuttgart, Germany.
- 1989 A monument dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was unveiled in Sydney, Australia.
- 1990 President Bush issued a news release calling on all Americans to join with Armenians on April 24 in commemorating "the more than a million Armenian people who were victims".
- 1994 President Clinton issued a news release on April 24, to commemorate the "tragedy" that befell the Armenians in 1915.