Paylan Submits Armenian Genocide Recognition Bill to Turkish Parliament


At a time when Turkey is falling into anti-democratic darkness, including the brutal beating of President Erdogan's critics on US soil by Erdogan's security detail, Erdogan's continuing denial of the Armenian Genocide is an absurdity and a disgrace.

Despite calls by some legislators - most notably Rep. Adam Schiff, D- Burbank - for the federal government to formally recognize the genocide, US presidents have long refused to do so.

Several major thoroughfares were closed Tuesday as thousands of people took to the streets in two separate rallies in Hollywood and Mid-City to mark the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian genocide, demanding that the USA government finally recognize it.

"It is Turkey's conscientious and ethical responsibility to share the historical pain of our Armenian citizens", said a statement signed by Erdoğan and read at the Istanbul Armenian Church on the 103rd anniversary of the mass murders. "Our gratitude to dozen of countries that have recognized the Armenian Genocide", the Arsenal midfielder continued.

More than 100 US lawmakers signed a letter calling on Trump to acknowledge during this year's anniversary that Meds Yeghern was genocide.

Turkey, the successor to the Ottoman Empire, vehemently denies that the massacre was genocide and insists it was part of the violence during World War I. "The Roman persecution of the Christians, the Turkish massacres of Armenians, the extermination of millions of Jews and Poles by the Nazis are outstanding examples of the crime of genocide".

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During the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923, some 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Turkish government.

Supervisor Hilda Solis said recalling the atrocities suffered would help "prevent such horrific events from ever occurring again".

Trump acknowledged the efforts of former U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, in attempting to aid the Armenian people.

Trump also said he deeply respected the "resilience" of the Armenian people, who he said built new lives in the United States and made countless contributions to the country. "We underscore the importance of acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past as a necessary step towards creating a more tolerant future".

President Ronald Reagan reaffirmed the Armenian Genocide in 1981.