TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION HELD IN YEREVAN TO COMMEMORATE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE VICTIMS

Interfax, Russia
April 24, 2013 Wednesday 10:00 AM MSK

About 5,000 people took part in a torchlight procession in Yerevan on
Tuesday to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Armenian genocide
in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

The participants marched from central Yerevan to the Tsitsernakaberd
memorial to the victims of the Armenian genocide. The procession
traditionally began with setting fire to a Turkish flag, from which
torches were lit.

Such processions have been held in Yerevan annually since 2000. The
action is traditionally organized by the youth wing of the Armenian
Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun. The principal mourning
ceremonies will take place on April 24.

Some 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

Turkey denies the Armenian genocide, which has been recognized by a
number of countries.