April 23, 2021 – 20:27 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – The traditional torchlight procession commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide started from the Republic Square in downtown Yerevan on Saturday, April 23 – on the eve of the day Armenians honor the memory of the innocent victims each year.
This annual procession is the symbolic part of the struggle for the global recognition of the mass killings.
Prior to the launch of the march, which usually involves thousands of participants, the youth paid tribute to the 1.5 million innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century with a moment of silence.
Carrying Armenian tricolors and torches and chanting national songs, the protesters are marching towards Tsitsernakaberd where the Armenian Genocide memorial is nestled.
On April 24, 1915, a large group of Armenian intellectuals was rounded up and assassinated in Constantinople by the Ottoman government. On April 24, Armenians worldwide will be commemorating the 106th anniversary of the Genocide which continued until 1923. Some three dozen countries, hundreds of local government bodies and international organizations have so far recognized the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as Genocide. Turkey denies to this day.