Series of events where held in Greece, Brussels, Washington and Bulgaria dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Artsakh Movement and memory of Sumgait massacre victims.
By the initiative of Armenian Embassy in Greece and the Armenian communities of Greece on February 27 in Nea Zmirni district of Athens at the memorial of Armenian Genocide “Zangak” (Tinkler) an event was held dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Artsakh Movement and in memory of victims of Sumgait massacres.
RA Ambassador to Greece Gagik Ghalchayan and Chairman of Hay Dat commission in Greece Davit Petrosyan made speeches in front of the attendees.
Another action was held on Wednesday in Brussels in front of the embassy of Azerbaijan connected with the 25th anniversary of Sumgait pogroms. Protest action was organized by the Armenian Student’s association in Belgium and committee of “Hay Dat” of Belgium.
In “Yerevan Park” of Sofia at the Armenian cross stone ceremony of laying wreath in memory of the innocent victims of Sumgait was held.
Armenians of Washington too held a protest on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Sumgait massacre, chanting “We always remember Sumgait,” and “Justice for Gurgen Markarian». The action organized by the Armenian Youth Organization of Washington “Ani” and the Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA), was held at the Azerbaijani embassy in the U.S.
On 26-29 February 1988 in terms of actual complicity of local authorities and inaction of the USSR government mass pogroms of civilians were organized in Sumgait city of Azerbaijani SSR, accompanied with unprecedented brutal murders, violence and pillaging against the Armenian population of the city. Armenian pogroms in Sumgait were carefully organized. At the meetings, which began on February 26 in the central square, city leaders openly called for violence against the Armenians.
On February 27 protests which were attended by hundreds of rioters turned into violence. Armed with axes, knives, specially sharpened rebar, rocks and cans of gasoline and with the pre-compiled lists of apartments where Armenians lived the rioters broke into the houses, turning everything upside down there and killing the owners. In the same time, people were often taken out to the streets or to the courtyard for jeering at them publicly. After painful humiliations and torture the victims were doused with gasoline and burnt alive.
On February 29 army troops entered Sumgait but without an order to intervene. Only in the evening, when the mad crowd began to attack the soldiers the military units took up decisive steps.
The exact number of victims of Sumgait pogroms is still unknown. According to official data, 32 people were killed; however there is ample evidence that several hundred Armenians have been killed in the city in three days. There is also evidence that the riots were coordinated by KGB in Azerbaijan. Executioners of Sumgait were subsequently declared as national heroes of Azerbaijan.
GLENDALE—Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian will address, via Skype, participants of Rally for Armenia, which will take place on Sunday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale, announced organizers.
The rally is organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee and the All Armenian Student Association, the Armenian Bar Association, the ARF Shant Student Association and the Armenian Youth Federation, and will feature speakers and a performance by Harut Pamboukjian.
The rally was conceived to show solidarity with the people of Armenia, who have created a movement since the Feb. 18 presidential elections to reject election violations and fraud and demand the establishment of democratic norms and social justice in Armenia.
In joining the movement, the ARF has said that it remains with the people and will work hard in helping the advance the aspirations of the Armenian people and restore faith in Armenia.
The public is urged to take part in this important community event and by joining the rally raise its voice of support for the people of Armenia.
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Professor Rapp’s lecture, with a special introduction by newly appointed Dean of the School of Humanities, Georges Van Den Abbeele. Also, be sure to check out the Armenian Studies website, http://sites.uci.edu/armenianstudies/.
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The California State University, Fresno Armenian Studies Program the Armenian Students Organization present the Leon S. Peters Foundation Lecture “Perpetrators, Bystanders and Rescuers vs. Victims: Survivors and Betrayers during the Genocide (The Case of the Armenian Genocide)” by Dr. Suren Manukyan
Deputy Director at the Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute, Yerevan, Armenia
Genocide is a political crime. The Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust of the Jews, the Cambodian genocide, the Genocides
in Rwanda and Bosnia had political motivation and political background. They took place under political circumstances, and
were part of political program and needed political mechanisms and state resources for implementation. That’s why the study of
genocides and mass killings predominantly focuses on the political aspect of these events.
But beyond statistical figures we should see human-beings. Simultaneously the process of mass extermination is a “man-made
event.” Two opposite sides of this “process,” murderers and victims, are human-beings, and involved in a process not only as part
of political groups but also and to a considerable extent as members of a particular society. In this case the social construction of
cruelty is very important for understanding the essence and deep character of phenomenon.
The study of this aspect of mass killings helps to find answers to questions such as: Why do ordinary people commit extraordinary
crime? How are they involved in mass killings? How do victims of such abominable crimes survive? How do some people
leave the framework of their social group, break the dominant stereotypes and become rescuers among murderers or betrayer
Dr. Suren A. Manukyan (in residence 2012-2013) is a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution
and Human Rights, at Rutgers University, in New Jersey and is conducting research as a Fulbright Scholar on Sociology of the
Armenian Genocide. He is currently a.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • 7:30PM
University Business Center • Alice Peters Auditorium • Fresno State
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“Armenia, Armenians, and the New World History” a Lecture by Stephen Rapp, JR. department of history at Sam Houston University
Thursday February 21, 2013 at School of Humanities at University of California Irvine, at 630 PM
Humanities Gateway 1030, UC Irvine.
Armenian History at UC Irvine,
Established in 2007, Armenian History at the University of California, Irvine offers undergraduate courses in ancient and modern Armenian history. The program also sponsors quarterly public lectures aimed at bringing the history and cultural topics surrounding modern day Armenia to the broader Orange County community. On December 16th, founding supporters of Armenian History, Dr. Garo Tertzakian and Mrs. Sylvie Tertzakian, hosted their annual fundraiser for Armenian History and raised over $20,000 to support continued course offerings within the Humanities. This marks the fifth year Armenians from the Orange County community gathered to raise funds in support of the growth of Armenian history at UCI. Also made possible through generous gifts to the program,
ALL LECTURES WILL BE AT 6:30 PM IN HUMANITIES GATEWAY 1030.
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