Armenian Genocide Commemoration at Armenian Heritage Park
On April 24, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) “Sardarabad” Gomideh and the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Boston “Nejdeh” Chapter will hold a protest at the Turkish Consulate in Boston to demand reparations for the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman-Turkish government in 1915-23. Although the main theme of the demonstration is the demand for recognition and reparations for the genocide, the protesters will also address the recent attacks by the Azerbaijani armed forces against the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (NKR/Artsakh), which violated a 20-year-long ceasefire established in 1994. Turkey, which “stands with Azerbaijan to the end,” as stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, clearly supports the recent Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh that began overnight on April 1-2.
Protesters will arrive in front of the Turkish Consulate—located at 31 St. James Ave., in Boston—by bus at 1:30 p.m., where they will deliver a letter stating their demands. The demonstration will last about an hour and will be followed by a procession from the consulate to the Armenian Heritage Park, where protesters will join the 101st commemoration of the Armenian Genocide starting at 3 p.m.
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) “Sardarabad” Gomideh and the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Boston “Nejdeh” Chapter urge the local Armenian community to join them in this rally to demand justice for the 1.5 million lives lost at the hands of the Turkish government, and for the reparations owed to the Armenian people who were forcibly driven from their homeland.
Buses will depart from the St. Stephens and St. James churches in Watertown at 12:15 p.m. immediately following church services, and will return from Boston at the conclusion of the vigil at the Armenian Heritage Park.