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Russia: Armenian flashmob commemorate 1915 mass killings00:39

Russia: Armenian flashmob commemorate 1915 mass killings

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 21, 2013 at 16:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Armenian flashmob commemorate 1915 mass killings

A flashmob of activists coalesced, Thursday, on the Moscow embankment commemorating the 98th anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915. The youths from the Association of Young Armenians of Moscow and Russian-Armenian Friendship Association united under the motto "time doesn't wash away blood".

The participants drew a map of the Ottoman Empire on a road and filled it with hundreds of red masks, symbolising victims of the killings. They also sang patriotic songs in Armenian. The main purpose of the action was to attract attention to what they percieve as the systematic extermination of the Armenian people. They also want Turkey to officially recognise that the event was a "genocide".

The killings took place in the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I, between 1915-1923. Between 600,000 and 1.8 million people are believed to have died. Every year Armenian diaspora communities all over the world organise protests, with several occurring near Turkish embassies. Turkey still denies that the word "genocide" is an accurate description of what happened. They argue that mass killings occured on both sides. To date, 21 countries including France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, have officially recognised the event as a genocide. Many others including the United States, Britain, and Spain have not.

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Russia: Armenian flashmob commemorate 1915 mass killings

A flashmob of activists coalesced, Thursday, on the Moscow embankment commemorating the 98th anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915. The youths from the Association of Young Armenians of Moscow and Russian-Armenian Friendship Association united under the motto "time doesn't wash away blood".

The participants drew a map of the Ottoman Empire on a road and filled it with hundreds of red masks, symbolising victims of the killings. They also sang patriotic songs in Armenian. The main purpose of the action was to attract attention to what they percieve as the systematic extermination of the Armenian people. They also want Turkey to officially recognise that the event was a "genocide".

The killings took place in the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I, between 1915-1923. Between 600,000 and 1.8 million people are believed to have died. Every year Armenian diaspora communities all over the world organise protests, with several occurring near Turkish embassies. Turkey still denies that the word "genocide" is an accurate description of what happened. They argue that mass killings occured on both sides. To date, 21 countries including France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, have officially recognised the event as a genocide. Many others including the United States, Britain, and Spain have not.