Thousands are expected to demonstrate today for the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide outside the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard.
The 1.5-mile march that drew around 60,000 people last year, will begin today at noon at Pan Pacific Park at 7600 Beverly Blvd and end outside the Turkish Consulate located on Wilshire Boulevard.
Southern California is home to the largest Armenian community outside of Armenia, with more than 200,000 people of Armenian descent live in Los Angeles County.
The Armenian genocide was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of more than 1.5 million Armenians in the early 20th century. Turkey has long denied that the genocide occurred, arguing that the killings can’t be separated from the historical context of global upheaval during World War I.
According to the coalition that organized the march, Armenian Genocide Committee, speakers scheduled are Mayor Eric Garcetti, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
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KFI listener Ada shared pictures of the Turkish flag being flown above the Armenian genocide demonstration outside the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard.