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    Armenian National Committee, Central California
    Post Office Box 626
    Fresno, California 93709

    May 28, 2004

    Contact: Rich Sanikian

    ANC Central California Demonstration Delivers Message to Speaker Hastert

    Fresno, CA-On very short notice local community members spearheaded
    by the Armenian National Committee Central California, Fresno
    mobilized a demonstration in support of a coordinated national
    effort to urge Speaker Hastert and Majority leader Frist to bring
    this House Resolution 193 (H.Res.193) to a floor vote. The Armenian
    Youth Federation, Homenetmen and community members represented a
    youth contingent at the demonstration.

    Speaker Hastert was in Fresno to attend a political fundraiser for
    California Senator Ray Ashburn at Pardini's Restaurant.

    The demonstration received extensive coverage by local media outlets,
    with news crews from the local ABC and CBS affiliates, KMJ Radio,
    and featured an article in the local newspaper, The Fresno Bee.

    Two hundred flyers were handed out and enlarged poster size replicas
    representing the 100,000 postcards of the ANCA postcard campaign were
    used as protest signs along with slogans stating, "Hastert Hear the
    Cry From History" and "Hastert Holds the Genocide Vote Hostage."

    Speaker Hastert comments to local radio reporter Ron Statler was that,
    "It has international consequences to it, and it's something that
    we have to work with the State Department on and the White House"
    Hastert commented. Sattler stated that the Speaker "declined to say
    what changes are needed or what the international implications are."
    ANC spokesman Richard Sanikian informed listeners about the nationwide
    phone, WebFax and 100,000-postcard campaign calling on Speaker Hastert
    and Senate Majority Leader Frist to take action on the measure.
    "After a year, he's not gotten back to us," noted Sanikian.

    H.Res.193 marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. implementation of the
    United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.

    If Speaker Hastert does not bring the resolution to a floor vote,
    it will kill the measure by the end of the year.

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