About 10,000 folks bearing torches have marched by way of Armenia’s capital to commemorate the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed in Ottoman Turkey greater than a century in the past
YEREVAN, Armenia — About 10,000 folks bearing torches on Sunday evening marched by way of Armenia’s capital to commemorate the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed in Ottoman Turkey greater than a century in the past.
The march from a central sq. to a sprawling memorial complicated started with activists burning the flags of Turkey and Azerbaijan. Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan have spiraled in latest months because the blockage of the street resulting in the ethnic Aremenian area of Nagorno-Karabakh inside Azerbaijan.
Historians estimate that, within the final days of the Ottoman Empire, as much as 1.5 million Armenians have been killed by Ottoman Turks in what’s broadly thought to be the primary genocide of the twentieth century.
Armenians have lengthy pushed for the deaths to be acknowledged as genocide.
Whereas Turkey concedes that many died in that period, the nation has rejected the time period genocide, saying the dying toll is inflated and the deaths resulted from civil unrest in the course of the Ottoman Empire’s collapse.
Armenia on Monday formally observes Genocide Remembrance Day, marking the beginning of the killings in 1915.