domingo, 26 de abril de 2015

Armenia commemorates victims of genocide

With a solemn tribute in Yerevan Armenians commemorated this Friday the persecution of their ancestors perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire for a hundred years.

About 60 countries were represented at the ceremony held at the memorial of the victims of the genocide.

The French President, François Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin, were among those present, such as the French singer Charles Aznavour, son of Armenian immigrants.

In Istanbul, demonstrators gathered in front of the old Ottoman prison, where detainees were the first leaders and intellectuals Armenians from the night of April 24, 1915, in an operation set to the beginning of the massacres which have motivated the disappearance of 1.5 million Armenians.

In another point of the city other demonstrators paraded with placards in support of the Ankara Government, which does not recognize the genocide but the death of Turks and Armenians victims of war and famine, which will cut down the lives of about 500 thousand people.

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