My trip to Yerevan, Armenia
Posted by Fredsvenn on April 30, 2015
My dear friends
I really enjoyed being in Yerevan, Armenia, these days, and I participated on the System of a Down concert the 23th and in the genocide events the 24th, but also did other stuff while being in Yerevan, and I did take some pictures:
Armenians from around the world have been taking part in public memorial services, to commemorate the 1915 massacre of up to 1.5 million of their ancestors at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.
Children release white doves at the canonization ceremony for the victims of the Armenian Genocide at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, headquarters of the Armenian Apostolic Church, on April 23, 2015 in Vagharshapat, Armenia.
Inga & Anush Arshakyans – Aprelu April
Հայ երգիչներ – Կյանք 1500000 (kyanq 1500000) – Genocide
CSNBC Turkey shows footage from Armenian Genocide centennial commemorations in Yerevan during a report on Turkey’s Gallipoli celebrations.
ISTANBUL (ArmRadio)—On April 24, CNBC Turkey mistakenly aired footage from the commemorations of the Armenian Genocide centennial instead of Gallipoli celebrations during its news program.
While the anchorwoman spoke about the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, footage on the background was showing commemoration of the Armenian Genocide centenary at the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.
CNBC showed Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian welcoming foreign dignitaries. Only close to the end of the report, Erdogan was shown placing flowers at the memorial of the Battle of Gallipoli.
“For United States and Israel, interests are more important than universal human values”, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said during Pozner program
If any outcome of politics and successful diplomacy can be measured by such numbers, Turkey — even if it is not 20 against 2 but 17 against 4 — has won a stunning political victory in terms of the competition of the centennials. One could say that in the contest of the “G-words,” Gallipoli won over the Genocide.
However, if a rational account is made of what Turkey went through last week, it will reveal a heavy toll in terms of the diplomatic damage sustained.
“It is no use for you to argue, we have already disposed of three quarters of the Armenians; there are none at all left in Bitlis, Van, and Erzerum. We have got to finish with them. If we don’t they will plan their revenge.”
Talaat Pasha to the outraged American Ambassador Henry Morgenthau
Henry Morgenthau, The Murder of a Nation, pp. 337-338
The Encyclopædia Britannica has edited the article about the Armenian Genocide, replacing the words “Armenian massacres” with “Armenian Genocide.”
BBC – Our World – Remembering the Armenian Massacres (25/4/15)
Russian TV channels TNT and NTV were not available for the Azerbaijani public till the morning of April 25 as they broadcasted films about the Armenian Genocide.
Thousands of Turks and Armenians from around the globe on Friday commemorated in Istanbul the centenary of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, Al-Jazeera reports.
Serj Tankian speech on concert in Yerevan, Armenia
System Of A Down – Suite-Pee/Prison Song live (2015 Armenia)
System Of A Down – Holy Mountains live (2015 Armenia)
System Of A Down – Sardarabad live (2015 Armenia)
System Of A Down – I.E.A.I.A.I.O live (2015 Armenia)
I REMEMBER and DEMAND
– Armenian Genocide Song- Official Video
Armenian diving team underwater, Beirut, Lebanon:
Lebanese magazine Audio Kultur has released a series of posters and a limited-edition version of its April issue printed using human blood to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The project “Still here, Still Bleeding”, named after the slogan printed across the covers and posters, was developed by the Beirut-based independent magazine to celebrate the contribution that Lebanon’s Armenian population have made to the country’s cultural landscape.
“In Lebanon these contributions have been especially substantial, and a lot of the contributors are friends, colleagues and even family members,” Tres Colacion, editor-in-chief of Audio Kultur, told Dezeen. “It’s a community that is really fully integrated into Lebanese society and, with the occasion of the 100-year anniversary, it was a project that our editorial team felt compelled to take on.”
Eiffel Towel lights was turned off on April 24 in memory of the Armenian Genocide victims. The Eiffel Tower lights switched off for ten minutes in memory of the Armenian Genocide.
According to decision of the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, the Eiffel Tower’s multi-colored flashing lights will also be off the whole night in memory of the victims of the first genocide of the 20th century.
World leaders lay flowers and pay their respects at The Tsitsernakaberd memorial site in Armenia!
President Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes confirmed to Armenian American leaders, during a White House meeting this afternoon, that the President has chosen against recognizing the Armenian Genocide in his April 24th statement marking the worldwide centennial of this crime.
Genealogy – Face The Shadow (Armenia), Eurovision Song Contest 2015
THE NEXT STEP
“I applaud the lawsuit filed in Turkish court to regain ownership of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilcia which was confiscated during the Armenian Genocide. This ancient and sacred site must be returned to its rightful owners nearly a century after it was pillaged by the Ottoman Empire. Armenians are right to pursue all legal avenues to obtain justice and to seek the return of what is rightfully theirs.”
~ Congressman Adam Schiff
U.S. Representative for California’s 28th congressional district.
Armenians experienced unforgettable days last week during the Centennial commemorations of the Armenian Genocide. In many respects, Turkish denialists’ much-feared ‘Tsunami’ became a reality! While Armenians around the world were busy organizing commemorative events in recent years, their efforts were amplified by some unexpected developments, including Turkish President Erdogan’s irrational rhetoric and reaction.
One of the most stunning developments last week was Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu’s declaration that the Armenian “deportations were a Crime Against Humanity” — which under international law is tantamount to recognizing the Armenian Genocide. No one should be surprised if Erdogan dismisses Davutoglu after the June Parliamentary elections.
Now that the Centennial is behind us, it is high time that Armenians turn the page on Armenian Genocide recognition and begin to systematically pursue their claims from Turkey through international, regional and local tribunals.