LA marches, rallies commemorate Armenian killings

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 1:08 AM

Hundreds rallied Sun afternoon exterior the Turkish Consulate just hours after a procession marched through the Tiny Armenia neighborhood.

LA marches, rallies commemorate Armenian killings

Weekend vigils, marches and demonstrations were held across the LA area to commemorate the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians below the Ottoman Empire more than a century ago.

Hundreds rallied Sun afternoon exterior the Turkish Consulate just hours after a procession marched through the Small Armenia neighborhood.

Demonstrators carrying banners reading "Never Again" and "Turkey Should Pay" were met at the consulate by a tiny no of counter-protesters kept by police behind a barrier. There were number immediate reports of any arrests.

A vigil was held Saturday exterior City Corridor in neighboring Glendale, residence to a large no of Armenian-Americans. There was also a special observance at the Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument in Montebello, California.

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed starting in April one thousand nine hundred fifteen. Turkey denies the killings were genocide and contends those who died were victims of civil war and unrest. Turkey also insists the death toll has been inflated.

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