On Sunday, April 22, thousands of people gathered in Glendale to march in protest of the election results in Armenia, making Serzh Sargsyan the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia after completing his two consecutive terms as President. Tens of thousands publicly protested in Armenia on what was believed to be corruption in their government. The following day, Monday, April 23, protests and marches turned into victory celebrations as Sargsyan stepped down, ending his short stint as Prime Minister.
As the demonstrations spread through the diaspora, the Glendale Police Department collaborated with local organizers of their own demonstrations and marches to ensure a safe environment for participants. During these local demonstrations, individuals stopped to take photos with GPD personnel to display the respect for law enforcement’s role in protecting the right to assemble and the right to free speech.
These protests came about during the Week of Remembrance, a time when many gather each year to commemorate the Armenian Genocide that took place in 1915. The City of Glendale’s 17th Annual Armenian Genocide Commemorative Event honors the lives of the 1.5 million men, women, and children who suffered and perished 103 years ago at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire. This event serves as a reminder to people of all ethnicities, that such atrocities can be prevented if we work together to understand cultural differences and find acceptance.
Additionally, the Man’s Inhumanity to Man committee, in partnership with LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger's Office, will be hosting a screening of “Crows in the Desert: A Hero’s Journey Through the Armenian Genocide” on Wednesday April 25th at the Alex Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins at 7:30 p.m., with a panel discussion following the viewing.
The City of Glendale encourages and protects ones freedom of speech. Click here for special events and audio permits to make sure your right to assembly is properly organized. It is especially important that individuals work with the city and police department in effort to provide for a safe and successful event.