Erdogan offers condolences to Armenian community "over 1915 events"

Leaders of the opposition and their supporters were marching to the memorial later on Tuesday.

The Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman government has been documented, recognized and acknowledged by eyewitness reports, laws, resolutions and the decisions of numerous states and global organizations.

"It's an important thing for the Armenian community, and hopefully to spread awareness to American citizens", one participant told NBC4 at the onset of the rally. At the same time for the last more than one century after 1915 Genocide is a period of remembrance and inflexibility which shows our people, documenting that it is impossible to win us even with Genocide.

After a short rally, the thousands of marchers embarked on a circular route east on Hollywood Boulevard, south on Normandie Avenue, west on Sunset Boulevard then north on Hobart Boulevard.

Many Armenians hold the Turkish government responsible for the incident that claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians in the early 20th century. "With these thoughts I again remember with respect the Ottoman Armenians who died during the First World War", added the statement, which was read out both in Armenian and Turkish.

Armenia is home to some 3 million people, but the diaspora numbers 8 million people, the largest population of which is in Russian Federation and second largest in the United States.

Despite calls by some legislators - most notably Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank - for the federal government to formally recognize the genocide, USA presidents have long refused to do so.

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The US president, just as before, used an Armenian term translated as "a great tragedy".

Previous presidents, including former President Obama, also refused to call the mass killings a genocide.

The Washington-based Armenian Assembly of America also criticized Trump for not properly recognizing the event, calling it a "sad day".

"A protocol to create a historical commision to look into the Armenian issue from 1915", said Gunay Evinch, of the Turkish-American National Steering Committee.

The Chamber of Deputies (lower house of the Parliament) of the Czech Republic approved on April 25, 2017, a resolution, condemning the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Turkey.

Marchers in Los Angeles are demanding that the 1.5 million deaths starting in 1915 be recognized as genocide.

"I'm out here today to march for justice, to march for recognition", she said.

  • Adam Floyd