April 16, 2012 - 10:49 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Unified Young Armenians, Inc. (UYA) will hold annual mass demonstration on April 24, 2012, in participation with leaders of the Armenian American community and the general public to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
On April 24, 1915, the Young Turks carried out their plan to annihilate the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire. It became the prototype for all genocides following thereafter. The mass extermination and systematic killings resulted in the massacre of 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women, and children. For the past 97 years, this crime against humanity has gone unpunished. The descendants of the Ottoman Empire – the Republic of Turkey – refuse to acknowledge the guilt of their ancestors and continue to blackmail, to bribe, and to lie in order to conceal the truth.
The protest will begin at 10:00 am at the intersection of Hollywood and Hobart Boulevards.
Among the participants will be genocide survivors, politicians, human rights activists, government officials, and intellectuals. Prominent members of the community have been invited to participate and to speak at the closing ceremony, which will take place at 12:00 pm.
In 1918, former President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt wrote in a letter to Cleveland Hoadley Dodge: "… the Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and the failure to act against Turkey is to condone it… the failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense." The denial campaign of the Armenian Genocide by the Republic of Turkey continues. UYA demands for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by both the United States of America and the Republic of Turkey. It seeks justice for the sake of all genocides in the past and present.
UYA is a non-partisan, non-religious, and a non-profit grassroots youth organization. Its goal is to encourage activism among the Armenian youth, while advocating justice and human rights. It upholds the power of knowledge and education. UYA’s mission is to serve the collective good and to promote a world free of genocides.