Javakhk schoolchildren banned from Genocide commemoration events

Javakhk schoolchildren banned from Genocide commemoration events

PanARMENIAN.Net - On the eve of April 24, commemoration day of the Armenian Genocide, all directors of Armenian schools in Georgia’s Armenian region of Javakhk were invited to Akhaltskha’s Resource Center and pressed to abstain from participation in mournful events on April 24.

“Following the memorial liturgy in St. Gregory Illuminator Church, the mournful procession headed for Khachkar memorial erected to commemorate millions of the Armenian Genocide victims. On its way, the participants approached the Armenian school which hosted young people scanning anti-Turkish slogans,” press center of National Council of Javakhk Armenians said in its statement.

“Doors of the schools were immediately blocked, and children were not allowed to go out. The teachers assumed the role of police inspectors, while the kids were jumping out of the windows to visit the Khachkar after the commemoration ceremony was over.

It is worth noting that the Armenian school hosted no events dedicated to the Genocide commemoration, while all other state events are largely celebrated in this very school.

In many cases, much depends on the school management, which now opted for such approach, damaging the young generation and enrooting blind obedience and servility in them,” the Armenian community said.

Under current circumstances, activities of the government, as well as the school management and teacher staff are extremely immoral.

Georgian authorities infringed upon Javakhk’s indigenous people’s expression of their national identity, and this cannot remain unpunished, the statement concluded.

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