President and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, George Cheeks, said that after a review, the company has fired two employees who confronted Armenian protesters in front of its studios on October 12, one reportedly telling them, “I hope you die and I hope your country gets blown away.”
In a letter addressed to Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles Ambassador Armen Baibourtian, Cheeks said “two of these individuals have been identified as CBS employees”, Asbarez reports.
“Please be assured: this conduct does not align with the values of our company, and we condemn their language in the strongest terms. These incidents were investigated immediately, and as of last night, both of these individuals are no longer employed by CBS,” Cheeks told Baibourtian in the letter. “All of us here want you to know that we respect your right for peaceful protest, and we apologize to you and the Armenian community for this experience outside our facility.”
A group of Armenians staged a demonstration in front of the CBS Studios in Los Angeles to protest the network’s local coverage of the 150,000-person March for Victory for Artsakh on Sunday. In covering the Sunday’s event, the local CBS affiliate stations interviewed Nasimi Aghayev, Azerbaijan’s Consul General, who accused Armenia of being the aggressor and claimed Armenia attacked Azerbaijan.
During the Monday demonstration to protest the CBS coverage, two individuals who were believed to be employees directed insults at the Armenians gathered there. The local news site Patch LA reported that one of the employees, who was not able to enter the parking lot told hurled insults at the protesters allegedly saying: “I hope you die and I hope your country gets blown away.”
Azerbaijan, with help from Turkey and Syrian and Libyan mercenaries deployed by Ankara, started a war against Karabakh (Artsakh) in the morning of September 27. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. Foreign and local journalists too have been injured in Azeri shelling of towns and villages.
Donations can be made to Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, which has launched a fundraising campaign to support humanitarian efforts in Karabakh.