Armenians are shutting down your freeways and marching in your streets because we want your attention. Beginning on February 27, 1988 and for three days, Azerbaijani mobs assaulted and killed Armenians. There was another pogrom in Kirovabad that year and a well known pogrom in, Azerbaijan destroyed Armenian churches, gravestones and khachkars in what has been called the worst, officer, murdered Armenian officer Gurgen Margayarian. Like all Armenians, I had been a mess since the attack; alternating between frantic action and catatonic anxiety. 26TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HORRIFIC ATTACK AGAINST ARMENIANS, —HON. All Rights Reserved. A number of celebrities who have come out in support of Armenia have also been bullied into silence by Azeri bots. Over the next year, we're hoping to hear your stories about how race and ethnicity shape your life and, hopefully, publish as many of these stories as we can, so that we can all keep on talking. I believe that it is this genocidal legacy that Turkish President Erdogan emulates in his own quest for a fascist pan-Turkic state. 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': An LA Transplant On The Rules of Racial Division — And How We Can Bend Them. Performative activism is useless and oftentimes harmful. (Nagorno-Karabakh) to Azerbaijan, despite its predominantly Armenian population, to appease Turkey and incentivize its allyship. By the same token, if Armenia had been in a state of prosperous peace at the time, my family may never have emigrated. This is why the issue of Azerbaijan’s sovereignty remains questionable.”. • Mr. PALLONE. There is uncertainty as to who was left, but he did see his mother, father and at least one sister. You should be able to understand us. Despite Sumgait’s 30 minute proximity to Baku , police allowed the pogroms to go on for 3 days, during which Armenians were burned alive and thrown from windows. “For me the issue definitely resonates on an emotional level. Scores of Armenians were killed, hundreds were wounded, and thousands were left as refugees without their homes or livelihoods. All the while, Ilham Aliyev continues his brazen rhetoric; consistently declaring Armenians as the national enemy in an effort to unite the Azeri public. Immediately after his pardon Safarov received a promotion in the Azerbaijani military, an apartment, and years of back pay for his time spent in prison. • As diverse families of the Commonwealth, and as Americans, we have a moral obligation to promote tolerance and justice, and we have a duty to recognize the atrocities that have kept us from our common goal. Two months earlier, The Washington Post gave accounts of an Armenian skinned alive and a woman being raped and murdered after her breasts were cut off. When we would visit my mom's side of the family on the South Side of Chicago, my light skin resulted in some hurtful taunts. These atrocities include: The Hakkari massacres (1843), The Massacre of Aleppo (1850), The Batak massacre (1876), The Hamidian massacres (1894), The Diyarbakır massacres (1895), The Adana massacre (1909), The Greek Genocide (1913), The Assyrian Genocide (1914) and the famine of Mount Lebanon (1915). • Congress should strengthen Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act by removing the President’s ability to waive U.S. law prohibiting aid to Azerbaijan because of its continuing blockade against Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. And then let us take up the work that our principles demand of us, standing united against ethnic violence, discrimination, extremism and brutality, wherever we find it. Armenia was the first nation in the world to adopt Christianity and the full scope of Ancient Armenia's territory can be found on numerous maps. I am a proud Angeleno. Like all Armenians, I had been a mess since the attack; alternating between frantic action and catatonic anxiety. This is unacceptable, and the violence and harmful words must come to an end. Proudly, our diverse district is home to one of the largest Armenian communities in the nation. Nearby security forces allowed the violence to continue unabated and turned a blind eye to the horrific violence directed against Armenian civilians. COMMEMORATION OF SUMGAIT, KIROVABAD AND BAKU MASSACRES – HON. Mr. Speaker, the memory of the victims of Sumgait must not be forgotten, and it is our moral obligation to condemn crimes of hatred, in hope that history will not be repeated. We see this genocidal war on Artsakh as an existential threat to the Armenian diaspora. Azerbaijan and Turkey had been holding military exercises on Armenia's border as a means of intimidation since August; the conflict that was sparked on Sept. 27 should've come as no surprise to anyone paying attention.
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