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Armenia: Yerevanians celebrate Germany's recognition of Armenian genocide01:00

Armenia: Yerevanians celebrate Germany's recognition of Armenian genocide

Armenia, Yerevan
June 3, 2016 at 10:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens gathered in front of the German embassy in Yerevan on Friday to express gratitude to the Germany for recognising the Armenian genocide.

Dozens joined the rally and held signs expressing words of gratitude in English and German while holding German and Armenian flags.

"This is a good example to all people in the world, and it should be an example for Turkey. Thank you! This is a step towards democracy and equal human rights," said one attendee.

The action comes one day after the German Bundestag passed a vote to recognise the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and other Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire as a 'genocide,' joining over twenty countries, including Russia, Canada and France.

During and after World War I, ethnic Armenians were displaced, deported or placed in concentration camps by authorities in the Ottoman Empire, now modern day Turkey. Between 600,000 and 1.8 million people are believed to have died during the period. However, the Turkish government rejects the genocide allegations.

Armenia: Yerevanians celebrate Germany's recognition of Armenian genocide01:00
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Dozens gathered in front of the German embassy in Yerevan on Friday to express gratitude to the Germany for recognising the Armenian genocide.

Dozens joined the rally and held signs expressing words of gratitude in English and German while holding German and Armenian flags.

"This is a good example to all people in the world, and it should be an example for Turkey. Thank you! This is a step towards democracy and equal human rights," said one attendee.

The action comes one day after the German Bundestag passed a vote to recognise the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and other Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire as a 'genocide,' joining over twenty countries, including Russia, Canada and France.

During and after World War I, ethnic Armenians were displaced, deported or placed in concentration camps by authorities in the Ottoman Empire, now modern day Turkey. Between 600,000 and 1.8 million people are believed to have died during the period. However, the Turkish government rejects the genocide allegations.

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