LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Armenian activists staged a “die-in” demonstration on March 1, to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide. The protest action was held in front of the Staples Center in L.A., where Los Angeles Lakers fans had gathered for a game.
Sixty activists, members of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) -Western Region, took part in the protest, as part of the AYF’s “100 Days of Action” campaign leading up to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The demonstration was held on a day designated as “Zero Discrimination Day” by the United Nations, which aims to draw attention to the prejudice and intolerance still affecting people worldwide.
“The foundations of the Armenian Genocide were set on the ideas of racism and discrimination, but it has yet to be recognized by its perpetrators,” said Verginie Touloumian, a member of the AYF-Western Region Central Executive body. “The AYF calls on the global community to shed light on all crimes against humanity that have derived from an endless cycle of discrimination.”
Despite the rain, demonstrators collapsed to the ground in the sudden-death act, as thousands of people exited the Staples Center following a Los Angeles Lakers game. The activists wore t-shirts that bore the hashtag “#ArmenianGenocide.” Several passersby joined the demonstrators on the ground.
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