Over 100 thousand Armenians marched in California to march in support of Nagorno-Karabakh
Hovik Ohanyan arrived in Los Angeles for a march in support of the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh from Fresno. He brought with him a flag made by his grandmother. On it, Hovik collected handprints all week. About how the march took place, the publication told "Voice of America".
“These white prints are a symbol of unity and solidarity with Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). We will send this flag there to show people in Artsakh that California supports its residents, ”Hovik Ohanyan said.
More than 100 Armenian Americans gathered in downtown Los Angeles. There has never been such a massive march in Fairfax County.
“Armenia and Artsakh are now experiencing not the best moments in their history. We support the Armenians and stand for Artsakh, for these fighting guys who give their lives for every centimeter of land, ”singer Artur Pambukchyan said.
Mexicans, Greeks and African Americans came to support the large Armenian community in multicultural Los Angeles.
“As a Greek, I came to support our brothers, Armenians, because we have deep roots that bind our peoples. After all, both of our countries have suffered from Turkish oppression, ”says Savo Kamenescu, a representative of the Greek community.
City councilor and congressman Adam Schiff also took part in the march.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti supported the city's half-million Armenian diaspora on Twitter.
“We support our brothers and sisters in Armenia, Artsakh and we support the diaspora in Los Angeles. We welcome the ceasefire and must be respected. Our authorities must help bring peace to the region. Turkey should get out of there, ”Garcetti wrote.
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At first, the Azerbaijani consul reacted quite emotionally to the tweet of the measure.
“Mayor of Los Angeles, how can you support those who kill innocent Azerbaijani civilians mercilessly while they sleep? Is there a limit to political unscrupulousness? Should a politician always think about money and elections? ”, Azerbaijani Consul Nasimi Agayev wrote to Eric Garcetti.
Then the Turkish consul also answered.
"Turkey and Azerbaijan have close ties based on history and culture, however, Turkey has nothing to do with the military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and does not participate in military battles," the Turkish consul in Los Angeles said.
The Azerbaijani and Turkish diaspora in the United States do not go to the marches. Instead, they prefer being active on social media.
“We discussed this topic and we came to the conclusion that it is not productive. We do not want us to interfere with people. We transmit everything we want through the media, we are very active. We really have a very strong diaspora now, we are united, we convey everything we want through messages and in contact with each other, ”says Tunzala Eynula, representative of the Azerbaijani diaspora in the United States.
While the diasporas are trying to convey their truth to the Americans with protests and comments on social networks, in Nagorno-Karabakh, even after the announcement of the ceasefire, the fighting continues.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- After the start of the clashes both countries have declared martial law... Armenia reported the death of two civilians, Azerbaijan - the death of a family of five and the injury of 19 citizens. In addition, the Armenian military reported the loss of 16 soldiers and the injury of about a hundred more people. Azerbaijan has not officially announced the deaths, Armenia reports the deaths of 200 Azerbaijani soldiers.
- Into the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh a NATO member country can be involved.
- The conflict began in 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from Soviet Azerbaijan. After the armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Baku lost control over the region, as well as over the seven adjacent regions. Since 1992, negotiations have been underway on a peaceful settlement of the conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, headed by three co-chairs - Russia, the United States and France.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump issued a joint statement. They are called on the parties to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh to stop hostilities.
- The ceasefire announced at 12:00 on Saturday 10 October lasted less than a day... The Azerbaijani side blamed Armenia for its disruption, announcing a new shelling of the city of Ganja, as a result of which a residential building was destroyed, at least nine people were killed. The Armenian military deny that they fired at the city and accuse Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire.
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