WESTWOOD, Calif. – Hundreds of Armenians gathered in Westwood on Wednesday evening for a demonstration ahead of a larger demonstration that will be kept in Washington D.C. on Thursday.
The demonstration on Thursday is being arranged by the Armenian Youth Federation. Armenians from Los Angeles are driving and flying to Washington D.C. to sign up with the demonstration.
“Our soldiers are on the front lines risking their lives and a number of them are making the supreme sacrifice, so for me to come to DC and appear and show my assistance for them, it was a no brainer,” stated Areni Margossian, who flew from L.A. to Washington D.C.
Margossian stated there is excessive at stake to wait and not demonstration in the
streets. Advertisement She is pleased to
hear the Los Angeles Unified School District is recognizing April 24 as a vacation to celebrate the 1915 Armenian Genocide.”I grew up in LAUSD and April 24 we would need to leave school to attend these protests but now it's going to be acknowledged and taught in schools
, and just to have it as a vacation, a day of recognition, commemoration, it's unbelievable,” she said. Get your top stories provided daily! Sign up for FOX 11's Fast 5 newsletter. And, get breaking news signals in the FOX 11 News app. Download for iOS or Android
. Donald Wilson Bush also took a trip to Washington D.C. for the demonstration. ASSOCIATED: Heavy battling continues between Armenia and Azerbaijan in spite of ceasefire talks”The Armenian question has a global answer and our American government is and has been silent on the question and we require them to propose a response.
It is important for the whole world to comprehend that democracy can be lost, that our freedoms can belost,”stated Bush. The protesters in Westwood on Wednesday stated they have a list of needs for U.S leaders. They wish to see sanctions imposed on Turkey and Azerbaijan.”It's easy to dismiss the genocide as
saying it was 100 years earlier, there's no other way that would happen again however it's taking place now and what are you doing about it?”said Margossian. Can Oguz from the Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles discussed LA leaders condemning the attacks from Azerbaijan.” What is hard to comprehend is that the elected leaders of this city always select to side with one neighborhood's views. I think they would play a more useful and balanced role if they also consider the views
of other diaspora neighborhoods, including the Turkish and the Azerbaijan American communities on this problem,”he said. The discontent between Azerbaijan and Armenia is over a region called Artsakh, also referred to as Nagorno-Karabakh. Given that the late Soviet era, the two nations have actually fought over the area which is claimed and governed by Armenia. However, Azerbaijan considers the area part of its territory.Source: foxla.com