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Demonstrators march in Hollywood to mark Armenian genocide

April 24, 2012 |  4:04 pm

Thousands of Armenians took to the streets of Little Armenia on Tuesday afternoon to mark the anniversary of the Armenian genocide of 1915. Diana Aghaganyan, 28, center, leads a group of protesters down Hollywood Boulevard.

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

Thousands marched through Hollywood on Tuesday in observance of the 97th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide and to call on the Turkish government to recognize the  deaths of about 1.5 million people.

The march was organized by the Unified Young Armenians. Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Lamont Garrett said about 4,500 demonstrators participated, with many carrying Armenian flags and banners as they marched down Sunset and Hollywood boulevards.

At the end of the route, near Hobart and Sunset boulevards, speakers made remarks to the crowd before they moved on toward the Turkish consulate for another demonstration.

The genocide occurred under the Ottoman Empire, which became the modern-day republic of Turkey. Turkey denies that any such genocide occurred.

Among the marchers was Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, who said the demonstrations were more than just a remembrance of those who were killed.

"This is about the fight to recognize this tragic event for what it was,  a genocide," he said.

[For the Record, 1:27 p.m. April 26: A previous version of this post stated incorrectly that the Hollywood march was organized Armenian Youth Federation. It was organized by Unified Young Armenians.]

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Photo: Thousands of Armenians took to the streets of Little Armenia on Tuesday afternoon to mark the anniversary of the Armenian genocide of 1915. Diana Aghaganyan, 28, center, leads a group of protesters down Hollywood Boulevard. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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