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    The Gauntlet, CA
    April 26 2006

    Armenian Americans from across the United States joined today with
    System Of A Down's Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan at a Washington,
    DC "Rally for Justice," urging the Turkish Government to end its
    worldwide campaign of Armenian Genocide denial.

    Organized by the Armenian National Committee of Greater Washington
    (ANC-GW) and the Armenian Youth Federation Washington Chapter,
    the protest attracted over 1,000 activists to the Turkish Embassy,
    as Armenians worldwide marked the 91st anniversary of this crime
    against humanity. Among the participants was DC United star player
    Alecko Eskandarian, who was MLS Cup Champion and MVP in 2004.

    Tankian and Dolmayan are in Washington, DC as part of a three-day
    advocacy tour in support of Congressional recognition of the Armenian
    Genocide. Following participation in the rally on Monday, the band
    members will be meeting with Members of Congress and the media urging
    passage of legislation in the Senate and House that would recognize
    the Armenian Genocide. On Tuesday evening, Tankian and Dolmayan
    will host a screening of excerpts of "Screamers," a powerful film by
    Carla Garapedian about System of a Down's international anti-genocide
    advocacy efforts.

    On Wednesday evening, they will be honored for their vocal pursuit
    of justice for the Armenian Genocide at the annual Armenian Genocide
    observance on Capitol Hill.

    The inter-generational "Rally for Justice" brought together young
    and old in their call for the Turkish Government to end its campaign
    of Genocide denial. Activists were met by a smaller group of Turkish
    and Azerbaijani counter-protesters, who were apparently organized by
    the Turkish Embassy staff and its paid lobbyists.

    Following the demonstration, attendees walked to the Embassy of the
    Republic of Armenia for a short service and wreath-laying ceremony.

    Members of local Armenian organizations placed wreaths and flowers
    in front of the Khatchkar (stone cross).

    The ceremony was led by Ambassador Tatoul Markarian and featured
    remarks by Nagorno Karabagh representative Vardan Barseghyan, and
    the participation of the Washington Homenetmen Armenian Scouting troop.