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USA: 1,000 in LA decry Nagorno-Karabakh hostilities and Turkey's pledged support03:29

USA: 1,000 in LA decry Nagorno-Karabakh hostilities and Turkey's pledged support

United States, Los Angeles
October 1, 2020 at 10:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around one thousand Armenian-Americans and pro-Armenian protesters took to the street closeto the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, to show solidarity to the Armenian people and condemn Turkey's support of Azerbaijan in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

People could be seen holding banners, reading "Stop [President of Azerbaijan Ilham] Aliyev" and "Armenia wants peace, Azerbaijan wants war," whilst chanting "Shame on Aliyev" and "Aliyev go away."

"We are here to show solidarity with the peaceful population, the civilians and the soldiers who are being bombed and who are being attacked by Azerbaijan and by Turkish F-16 fighter jets," said Sarig Armenian, a protester.

Another protester, Armen Sahakyan, accused the Turkish government of inflaming the situation.

"This time it's different because the Republic of Turkey as well as paid mercenary fighters, jihadi terrorists, that have been transported from Syria to the territory of Azerbaijan by Turkey are fighting this time as well. So this is not just a localised Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, this is now becoming much bigger involving the Republic of Turkey which is a neighbouring country as well as American equipment like F-16 multipurpose fighter jets," he said.

A plane with the message, "Azerbaijan and Turkey promote terrorism," flew through the sky.

Alex Galitsky from the Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region (ANCA-WR), who was present at the rally, called on the US government and the international community to "unequivocally condemn Azerbaijan's violations of the ceasefire, Azerbaijan's war crimes as well as Turkey's involvement."

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

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Around one thousand Armenian-Americans and pro-Armenian protesters took to the street closeto the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, to show solidarity to the Armenian people and condemn Turkey's support of Azerbaijan in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

People could be seen holding banners, reading "Stop [President of Azerbaijan Ilham] Aliyev" and "Armenia wants peace, Azerbaijan wants war," whilst chanting "Shame on Aliyev" and "Aliyev go away."

"We are here to show solidarity with the peaceful population, the civilians and the soldiers who are being bombed and who are being attacked by Azerbaijan and by Turkish F-16 fighter jets," said Sarig Armenian, a protester.

Another protester, Armen Sahakyan, accused the Turkish government of inflaming the situation.

"This time it's different because the Republic of Turkey as well as paid mercenary fighters, jihadi terrorists, that have been transported from Syria to the territory of Azerbaijan by Turkey are fighting this time as well. So this is not just a localised Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, this is now becoming much bigger involving the Republic of Turkey which is a neighbouring country as well as American equipment like F-16 multipurpose fighter jets," he said.

A plane with the message, "Azerbaijan and Turkey promote terrorism," flew through the sky.

Alex Galitsky from the Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region (ANCA-WR), who was present at the rally, called on the US government and the international community to "unequivocally condemn Azerbaijan's violations of the ceasefire, Azerbaijan's war crimes as well as Turkey's involvement."

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

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