Armenian Americans in LA demand genocide recognition

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Throngs of Armenian Americans are marching in Los Angeles in an annual commemoration of the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

The march Wednesday is pressing demands that Turkey — the successor of the Ottoman Empire — recognize the deaths as genocide.

Turkey contends the deaths starting 1915 were due to civil war and unrest.

The Los Angeles region is home to a huge Armenian community, and the march has become a major event which includes a protest outside the Turkish Consulate.

Local Congressman Adam Schiff says in a statement that there is no debate about genocide and he faults U.S. presidents from both parties for stopping short of using the term.

Kim Kardashian West tweeted: “We made a promise we would never forget the Armenian genocide.”

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