Armenian Americans Protest for Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh
Donald Wilson Bush, the President of the Woodrow Wilson Legacy Foundation and the newly formed Armenian National Foundation speaks to Totally-LA about the Armenian demonstrations occurring around Los Angeles.
This video is once again a result of what I see with my eyes, rather than what I’ve learned in mainstream media. A couple of weeks back I began to notice the red, blue and orange Armenian flag on cars more and more frequently. Then while at a MAGA car caravan in Glendale, I noticed that most of the cars had not only the American flag but the Armenian flag as well. Then I saw cell phone videos of a massive Armenian protest and decided to find out more about what was occurring.
The situation actually dates back to the Armenian Genocide in 1915 when 1.5 million Armenians were killed. Moving forward both Armenia and Azerbaijan are former Soviet republics. The Soviet Union made an Armenian occupied piece of land known as Nagorno-Karabakh part of the then Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic in 1923.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union tensions escalated with fighting between the two countries until a cease fire was issued in the 1990s. However in September 2019 violent fighting has erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Armenian occupied and governed Nagorno-Karabakh.
Accurate information on the situation is difficult to obtain. Mainstream media has been remiss on covering the tensions well. This is compounded by Azerbaijan’s restrictions on the media and blackouts the Azerbaijan government has placed on the internet and social media.
Part of the issue surrounds the alliance between Turkey and Azerbaijan. Aerbaijan has purchased over $113 million in weapons and military equipment from Turkey and the small Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh is unable to fight back against such military resources.
The rally in the video above is a continuation of rallies that have been occurring around Los Angeles for a couple of weeks. The largest was on Sunday October 11, 2020 where over 100,000 people stood in support of Armenians in front of the Turkish Consulate in Beverly Hills. Earlier demonstrations occurred in front of the offices of the Los Angeles Times, CNN and other major media outlets to protest the lack of coverage of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Among the other things that can be said about 2020, it has been the year of revelation. So much that has been kept out of the public view has bubbled up to the surface. And while most of it has been unpleasant to face, that is the first step toward handling any social issue. We hope to bring you more on this issue in the near future and to continue to be a voice to reveal what the mainstream media chooses to ignore.
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