Tert.am, Armenia
Jan 1 2012

Representatives of Turkic peoples hold protest in Saint Petersburg
21:04 - 01.01.12

Representatives of Turkic peoples living in Saint Petersburg, Russia,
are highly critical of the French National Assembly for approving a
bill criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide.

On Dec. 31, they staged a picket in front of the French Consulate
General in Saint Petersburg.

The action was organized by the Azeri community. Ismail Agayev,
Chairman of the International Diasporan Center, announced the goal of
the picket. The participants chanted slogans - `Sarkozy, stop!',
`France's parliament, stop!', `Azerbaijan and Turkey are brothers!',
`Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan!'

The protesters demanded that France not be allowed to remain OSCE
Minsk Group co-chairing country any more. They also demanded that,
instead of the Armenian Genocide, the French parliament discuss the
so-called `genocide committed by Armenians in Khojaly, in 1992.'

Chairman of the Azerbaijani Society of Saint Petersburg, Rector of
Smolny University Heydar Imanov, Head of the Saint Petersburg office
of the International Diasporan Center Idris Gahramanov, as well as
representatives of the Azeri and Turkish communities handed a message
addressed to the French parliament, president and people over to the
French Consulate.

From: A. Papazian