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Armenian Genocide protest draws thousands

April 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Los Angeles on Tuesday for the 97th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

Every year, thousands of Armenian Americans protest on the anniversary to demand that the Turkish government recognize the genocide. One and a half million Armenians were massacred by Ottoman Turks in 1915.

Turkey has repeatedly refused to recognize it as genocide.

The Armenian Youth Foundation staged its first event in Los Angeles' Little Armenia in the area of Hollywood and North Hobart boulevards at 10 a.m. The annual protest in front of the Turkish Consulate began at 4 p.m.