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 PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2004 10:43 pm    Post subject: [E] US Governor's Proclamation & April 24th, 2004 Reply with quote Back to top

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Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims April 24th "Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide"

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

STATE OF CALIFORNIA


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P R O C L A M A T I O N
by the
Governor of the State of California

On April 24, 1915, in Constantinople, the Ottoman Turkish government arrested and murdered several hundred Armenian religious, political and intellectual leaders, beginning a campaign of terror known as the Armenian Genocide.

From 1915 to 1923, the Ottoman Empire executed a systematic destruction of Armenian culture through the forced exile, imprisonment and annihilation of men, women and children of Armenian descent. More than 1.5 million Armenians perished, and 500,000 survivors were forced to leave their ancestral homeland in Turkey. Whole villages were massacred and many people died of exposure and starvation during forced death marches in the desert. [Original Article]
 
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Fresno Bee (California)
April 20, 2004, Tuesday FINAL EDITION

Armenian flag to rise in Fresno

by Vanessa Colon THE FRESNO BEE


For the first time, the community will witness the raising of the
Armenian flag next to the flags of the United States and California.

The 10- by 15-foot Armenian flag will go up at 10 a.m. Saturday at
Fresno City Hall as part of observation of the Armenian genocide.

Between 1915 and 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered at the
hand of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, which sprang from the empire,
does not recognize the Armenian genocide.

On Friday, state Sen. Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, is scheduled to
speak at noon. A film and a candlelight vigil will follow at 7 p.m.
at McLane Hall at California State University, Fresno.

Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church will hold the Armenian Martyrs
Day Commemoration Ecumenical Service at 7 p.m. Saturday. Ararat Masis
cemetery will hold another commemoration at 1 p.m. Sunday at Soghomon
Tehlirian's monument.

For more information on the flag ceremony, call 486-1918; for
Friday's event, call 278-2669; and to reach Holy Trinity Armenian
Apostolic Church, call 486-1141.

The reporter can be reached at vcolon@fresnobee.com or 441-6313.
 
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Agence France Presse
April 25, 2004 Sunday

White House mourns "most horrible tragedy" of Armenian killings

WASHINGTON, April 24

US President George W. Bush on Saturday mourned events in which up to
1.5 million Armenians died in orchestrated killings and during
deportations by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1917.

"On this day, we pause in remembrance of one of the most horrible
tragedies of the 20th century, the annihilation of as many as 1.5
million Armenians through forced exile and murder at the end of the
Ottoman Empire," Bush said a statement released by the White House.

"This terrible event remains a source of pain for people in Armenia
and Turkey and for all those who believe in freedom, tolerance, and
the dignity of every human life," he said.

"I join with my fellow Americans and the Armenian community in the
United States and around the world in mourning this loss of life."

Turkey categorically rejects claims of genocide and says that between
250,000 and 500,000 Armenians and thousands of Turks were killed in
civil strife during World War I, when the Armenians rose up against
their Ottoman rulers.

The United Nations, the European Parliament, Belgium, France, Greece
and Russia have recognised the Armenian genocide. Canadian lawmakers
voted a few days ago to recognise the massacre, calling it a "crime
against humanity".

Bush said the United States "is proud of the strong ties we share
with Armenia. From the end of World War I and again since the
reemergence of an independent Armenian state in 1991, our country has
sought a partnership with Armenia that promotes democracy, security
cooperation, and free markets."
 
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Moscow Times, Russia
April 26 2004

Armenians Remember 1915

Alexandra Kocho-Schellenberg / MT

Armenians lighting candles Saturday at a chapel at the Armenian
Cemetery.


YEREVAN, Armenia -- Hundreds of thousands of Armenians, many of them
emigrants returning from abroad, converged Saturday on a hilltop
memorial in Yerevan to commemorate the 89th anniversary of mass
killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

The annual gathering at the vast Genocide Victims Memorial
overlooking the capital is a significant day in the country's
emotional life, drawing huge crowds to lay flowers.

In Moscow, the Armenians lighted candles at churches and laid flowers
at the Armenian Cemetery.

Armenia accuses Turkey of the genocide of up to 1.5 million Armenians
between 1915 and 1919, when Armenia was under the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey rejects the claim and says Armenians were killed in civil
unrest during the collapse of the empire.

Although the deaths began before April 24, memorial services are held
on this date because it is the anniversary of the day in 1915 when
Turkish authorities executed a large group of Armenian intellectuals
and political leaders, accusing them of helping the invading Russian
Army during World War I.

Armenia has pushed for the United States and other nations to declare
the killings a genocide. Many countries, including Russia and France,
have officially recognized the event as genocide, along with some
U.S. states.

Canada's Parliament last week backed a resolution recognizing the
deaths to be genocide, a move that was praised Saturday by Armenia's
parliamentary speaker, Artur Bagdasaryan.

"Only through the condemnation of this kind of crime can its
occurrence be avoided," he said.
 
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Los Angeles Daily News, CA
April 24 2004

Genocide victims will be honored
Greek Theatre concert set

By Alex Dobuzinskis
Staff Writer


LOS ANGELES -- For the rock band System of a Down, tonight's sold-out
benefit at the Greek Theatre will be a different kind of concert --
one dedicated to raising awareness about the Armenian Genocide.

The band's members, all of Armenian descent, are performing on the
day on which Armenians commemorate the genocide, which occurred in
the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923. Lead singer Serj Tankian
said the title of the concert "Souls, 2004," will honor the 1.5
million Armenians who were killed in the massacre.

"The reason I'm here is because of the survivors that have survived
the Armenian Genocide," Tankian said.

The singer's grandfather saw his own brother killed, and he and his
mother were the only members of his family to survived the genocide.

Armenians during the period suffered deportation, torture, starvation
and numerous massacres, according to the Armenian National Institute.


It set the stage for other atrocities that followed, Tankian said.

"Look at the 20th century. It's the century where the most number of
people have been killed by (other) people. And we call ourselves a
civilization?"

Turkish officials have denied that the deaths of Armenians in the
former Ottoman Empire during World War I and the following years was
a genocide, saying the deaths occurred during a multiparty conflict
and were due to war and disease. But Armenian groups have asked the
Turkish government to recognize the deaths as a genocide.

Tonight's concert will benefit the Armenian National Committee of
America and other groups, including organizations that teach about
the genocide, such as Facing History and Ourselves.

Tankian, 36, and two of his fellow members of the band grew up in the
San Fernando Valley, and the fourth member is from Glendale. All four
now live in the Los Angeles area.

Those attending tonight's concert, which sold out in less than 20
minutes on March 12, will find booths with materials about the
Armenian Genocide, and will get an informational CD booklet-size
handout.

"We don't want to be preachy. We have an eight-minute documentary
explaining the genocide and its cover-up by Turkey, and geopolitical
realities in the West," Tankian said.

Tankian expressed support for a Canadian House of Commons vote on
Wednesday night to declare the deaths of the 1.5 million Armenians an
act of genocide. The vote could affect trade relations between Canada
and Turkey.

Armenian groups are urging the U.S. government to take a similar
stance.

"Unless we want to continue being a hypocritical democracy, it's
going to have to be. The ball is rolling and people are starting to
become aware of it," Tankian said.

In support of two resolutions that mention the Armenian Genocide,
along with the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda, System
of a Down has mobilized tens of thousands of fans and supporters to
send postcards and e-mails to congressional leaders urging passage of
the resolutions in the House and Senate.

The resolutions state that the U.S. government and its people should
rededicate themselves to the cause of ending the crime of genocide.

But Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, one of the co-signors of House
Resolution 193, said although it would win approval if put before the
full House, the House majority leadership is blocking the vote.

Armenians observe April 24 as the day to commemorate the genocide
because it was on that day in 1915 that hundreds of Armenian leaders
were arrested in Constantinople in one of the first acts of the
genocide.

State Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, has authored a resolution which
designates this day as the "Ca
lifornia Day of Remembrance for the
Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923."

"It's one of the great tragic events of the 20th century, and it's
the first genocide of the 20th century," Scott said.

Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com
 
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Daily Star, Lebanon
April 24 2004


Students unite to remember the 20th century's first genocide
Armenian groups mount program to shine light on Atrocity

By Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
Daily Star staff


On April 24, 1915, the Turkish government placed some 200 Armenian
community leaders under arrest in what was known at the time as the
city of Constantinople. According to the Armenian National Institute,
many arrests would follow, as would many forced expulsions and
summary executions.

Eighty-nine years later, Armenians all over the world solemnly
commemorate April 24 as the start of the Armenian genocide, when the
Young Turks killed 1.5 million Armenians. By 1923, the Turks had
succeeded in pushing the rest of the community out of eastern Turkey.

It is a tragedy that has, for decades, fought for the most basic
reaction - the simple act of recognition.

The Armenian genocide is considered the first such atrocity of the
20th century, but since it occurred a good 30 years before the UN
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, getting the
event acknowledged as such has been difficult. Such countries as
Lebanon, France, Greece, Cyprus, Russia, and Argentina have
recognized the genocide, while Turkey has steadfastly refused. As a
result, the commemorations on April 24 tend to carry an activist
cast, part of a longstanding effort to force Turkey's hand in coming
clean about its history.

This year, for the first time, students from five major Lebanese
universities have joined forces to assemble a two-week program of
events marking April 24. "The Armenian Genocide: 89 Years of Unfolded
Truth" started last week and continues through April 30. It includes
an intelligent mix, from photography exhibitions and slide
projections to academic lectures and several film screenings.

The centerpiece of the program is Atom Egoyan's critically acclaimed
feature film "Ararat," which will be shown at the American University
of Beirut (AUB) on Monday and at the Saint Joseph University (USJ) on
Friday.

"'Ararat' is very modern," says Aram Kradjian, a 21-year-old student
at AUB who heads up the Lebanese-Armenian Heritage Club. "It's not a
typical black-and-white documentary. Going to see it is like going to
the movies normally."

As such, Kradjian hopes to attract a wider audience to the screenings
than that which might otherwise attend. But balancing the popular
appeal of going to the movies is the academic specificity of
attending a lecture at AUB on Wednesday by philosopher Henry
Theriault.

A professor at Worcester State College in western Massachusetts and
the coordinator of the Center for Human Rights there, Theriault will
deliver a talk on social theory and the denial of genocide. He has
long studied the after effects of genocides, especially on diaspora
populations and in the Armenian case.

The Lebanese-Armenian Heritage Club invited Theriault specifically,
but his lecture fits in well with the week's events. All told, the
student-run commemoration took almost three months to coordinate. "It
was a big achievement," says Kradjian. "There are so many different
political parties that Armenians living in Lebanon belong to. Getting
five clubs together is a big deal. And from every club, there are
three representatives who all have different opinions."

Still, students from AUB, USJ, Haigazian University, Notre Dame
University (NDU), and the Lebanese American University (LAU) managed
to find common ground.

Because AUB has a fairly established network of student clubs and a
method for allocating resources to them, the Lebanese-Armenian
Heritage Club was able to finance about three-quarters of the budget.
NDU, by contrast, established its Armenian Student Association only
quite recently, while LAU
just has a loose federation of Armenian
students. Still, the groups pooled their resources and came up with a
diverse program. They also put a strong effort into public relations,
printing 15,000 copies of their well-designed brochures and stickers
and distributing them both through official university channels as
well as by hand.

"Each university has its program and its budget," says Armig
Vartanian, 20, a law student at USJ who serves as secretary of the
school's Armenian student association. "Each year when we do this,
students ask about the case. Some students are still indifferent. But
all the clubs help each other out."

Vartanain points to the strength of the BBC documentary, "Armenia -
The Betrayed," as a particular highlight of this year's commemoration
and as an effective means of bringing contemporary relevance to the
nearly 90-year-old tragedy. "That the BBC has given its time to this
issue means a lot to us. Sometimes people say that it has been a long
time, and Turkey still denies it. But this documentary proves" that
the issue still matters.

"Armenia - The Betrayed" first screened on the BBC last January.
Correspondent Fergal Keane looks at how relations between the US and
Turkey, especially in the lead-up to the war in Iraq, have
politicized the issue of recognizing the Armenian genocide. Turkey
has always maintained that the Armenian population that was killed
between 1915 and 1923 died in the context of a civil war and not a
genocide.

But the documentary gives an eye-opening account of both historical
documents supporting systematic extermination as well as insight into
current events, in which Presidents Clinton and Bush were both
apparently pressured to withdraw bills from Congress seeking to
recognize the Armenian genocide because the US did not want to
disrupt diplomatic relations with Turkey at critical moments.
 
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A1 Plus | 14:07:54 | 24-04-2004 | Social |

GREAT BRITAIN AMBASSADOR IN TSITSERNAKABERD

Some Ambassadors in Armenia including United Kingdom Ambassador Thorda
Abbott-Watt who refuted the fact of the Armenian Genocide have today
visited Tsitsernakaberd.
 
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