US Armenian Davit Mnatsakanyan, founder and director of the United Armenia and the Global Education and Research Alliance (GERA) companies has gone on hunger strike in front of the President’s official residence since Friday. Davit Manatsakanyan told Armenian News – NEWS.am that he is on hunger strike over the 100the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
“Before his election President Barack Obama stated he would acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, but he hasn’t done this so far. That’s why I decided to go on hunger strike in front of the White House, bringing the public attention to that question,” Mnatsakanyan said.
His hunger strike will last till May 1-2. During these days Mnatsakanyan has been approached and supported by many Armenians and Iranians. “There were also five Turks who came up to me; one of them tried to use violence, but nothing will stop me. I’m continuing the hunger strike,” Mnatsakanyan said.
In his hand Mnatsakanyan holds a banner with an Armenian flag and the inscription ‘Obama keep your promise and recognize Armenian Genocide.’