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The world remembers the Armenian genocide

24th April 1915-2010

"They died all the deaths of the world, the deaths of all the centuries".

Armin T. Wegner, open letter to US President Woodrow Wilson, 1919

THE GENOCIDE OF THE ARMENIANS
In 1915, the government of the Young Turks carries out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group: at least 1.500.000 people are exterminated. Ankara doesn't recognize the Armenian tragedy as genocide, yet and article 301 of the Turkish Criminal code still provides jail terms for those who denounce the Armenian tragedy over “offense to the Turkish nation”. The US Committee on Foreign Affairs passed resolution number 252 defining the Armenian massacre as genocide. Turkish prime minister Erdogan reacted by threatening to expel the Armenians living in the Country.

THE TURKISH INTELLECTUALS' APPEAL
Some intellectuals suggested to commemorate the genocide also in Turkey, on Istanbul's main square. Among the signatories there are Basken Oran, lawyer Fethiè Cetin, historian and writer Neshe Duzel, the President of the Turkish Group for Human Rights Ozturk Turdoghan, and Member of Parliament Oufuk Ouraz. The appeal reads out: "This pain is OUR pain [...]. Our neighborhood grocery men, our dressmakers, our jewelers, our carpenters, our shoemakers, our ranchman of the next field, our millers, our classmates, our teachers, our officers, our orderlies, our deputies, our historians, our composers [...]. We lost them. This mourning is for ALL of US".


“This pain is OUR pain. This mourning is for ALL of US. In 1915, when our population was just 13 million, in these lands were living from 1,5 to 2 millions Armenians. Our neighborhood grocery men, our dressmakers, our jewelers, our carpenters, our shoemakers, our ranchman of the next field, our millers, our classmates, our teachers, our officers, our orderlies, our deputies, our historians, our composers... They were our Friends. They were our next-door neighbors, our confidants.
In April 24 1915 it was started "to send them". We lost them. They are no longer available.
The vast majority are no more between us. They have not even graves. But, the “Great Pain” of the “Great Disaster” , with its utmost gravity EXISTS in our conscience. It is growing since 95 years. We are calling all the people of Turkey, who [the people] feel in their hearts this "Great Pain", to respectfuly prostrate in front of the 1915s victims’ remembrance. In black dresses, silently. Lightening candles for their souls, bearing flowers... Because this pain is OUR pain. This mourning is for ALL of US".

For the first time in Turkey police defended the demonstrators supporting the call from nationalist fanatics.

THE CAMPAIGN "I DO REMEMBER"
The Armenian Community in Rome launches the awareness campaign "I do remember". You can join it simply by sending an e-mail here with your signature and the sentence: “A world without memory can't exist. 24th April 1915: the Armenian Genocide. Let's help the world to remember. I do remember and you?”


Yerevan, 24th April: opening of the exhibition dedicated to Anselmo Francesconi, an artist who depicted the Metz Yeghern.
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New York, 24th April, 5 p.m.: mass followed by debates and concerts.
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Rome, 24th April, 6.45 p.m.: public commemoration dedicated to the genocide victims, preceded by a Mass at the Church of San Nicola da Tolentino.
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Rome, 3th May: conference about the genocide.
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Rome, 24th April - 4th May: exhibition of Sevak Grigoryan's works of art
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Moscow, 20th April: commemoration of the Armenian genocide at the Central House of Writers
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Bruxelles, 23th April: mass, debates with important figures from Armenia and Turkey, projection of the movie "Seyfo" and commemoration inside the Armenian embassy.
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Paris, 24th April, 6.30 p.m.: ceremony at the Triumph Arc to honour the Armenians killed in the genocide and those who died to defend France. Special guest Charles Aznavour.
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Berlin, 24th April, 6.30 p.m.: mass for the victims of the Armenian genocide at the French cathedral in Gendarmenmarkt square.
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The Hague, 20th April: commemoration rally in the Het Plain square near the Parliament.
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Stockholm, night 23th-24th April: the leader of the Armenian community invited the population to light candles to remember the genocide victims.
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Lugano, 24th April, 8.30 p.m.: genocide commemoration through a concert of traditional and sacred Armenian music invitation

Cherkassy, Western Ukraine - 24th April: mourning procession to remember the genocide victims.
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Valletta, 24th April: commemoration held by the Armenian community of Malta. announcement


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Metz Yeghern

the genocide of the Armenians

In the framework of first world war (1914-1918), in the area of the Ottoman Empire, in Turkey, we witness the unfolding of the genocide of the Armenian people (1915 – 1923), the first of the Twentieth century. Through it the government of the "Young Turks", which seized power in 1908, carried out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group, which has inhabited the Anatolic area since the Seventh century b.C..
In the memory of the Armenian people, and also according to the historian's estimates, two thirds of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, nearly 1,500,000 people, perished. Many were the children forced to convert to Islam and the women sent to the harems. The deportation and extermination of 1915 were preceded by the pogroms of 1894-96 planned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and by those of 1909 carried out by the government of the "Young Turks".

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