Large rally to be held in Istanbul on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

The April 24th commemoration ceremonies in Turkey on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be unprecedented in terms of number.

As “ArmenPress” reports, citing the Turkish, the Turkey-based DurDe (“Say No to Racism and Discrimination”) Organization and the U.S.-based Project 2015 have called on all Armenians of the world to take part in the commemoration ceremony to be held in Istanbul.

“As Armenians, we will come to Istanbul to participate in the commemoration of the brutal murders of our family members. Even after 100 years, we still demand justice and accountability from the Turkish government,” member of Project 2015 Sarah Leah Whitson mentioned. Another member, Nancy Krikorian, mentioned: “Commemorating the Armenian Genocide in the place where the crime was committed will be very meaningful. Our presence in Istanbul will be a form of resistance to denial and elimination.”

Member of DurDe Levent Sensever mentioned that DurDe wants to speak out about the genocide that was perpetrated against the Armenian nation, which is one of the oldest nations living on those lands. “Even if the Turkish government still hasn’t confronted its past, we, as citizens of Turkey, are ready to confront the past, and we want to show it to the world,” Sensever mentioned.

Like previous years, the commemoration ceremonies will be launched at Taksim Square next year as well. Later, the participants will also visit the Gregorian Cemetery of Shishli where Armenian soldier Sevag Şahin Balıkçı was buried after being killed during military service on April 24, 2011

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