Victims of the Sumgait pogroms were commemorated in Berlin and Paris

01.03.2011

A meeting in commemoration of the victims of the Sumgait pogroms of February 27-29, 1988 was organized in the capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), with the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia and the NKR Permanent Representation in the FRG, in cooperation with the Central Board of Armenians in Germany, the Armenian communities of Berlin and the Armenian Apostolic Church. A procession down Unter den Linden, the central street of Berlin, along the Embassies of Great Britain, France, and Hungary was organized for the first time. The rally participants stopped in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Embassy of the USA.

Those speaking at the meeting called the European community to condemn the Armenian pogroms in Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad and other Azerbaijani cities, as well as in Maragha and other settlements of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, to give a corresponding assessment to the aggressive policy of the Azerbaijani leadership. The action found support of the people and guests of Berlin. About a thousand leaflets in German, English and Russian were distributed, following the aim to inform the citizens of the tragic events in Sumgait.

The action ended with Archbishop Garegin Bekchyan holding a moleben for the peace of souls of the innocent victims.

The 23rd anniversary of the Sumgait pogroms was commemorated in Paris as well. A moleben for the innocent victims of the Sumgait tragedy was held at Saint John the Baptist Church. Then, the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to the great Armenian composer Komitas took place.

Then a meeting was organized, at which, together with commemorating the victims of Sumgait, the participants demonstrated solidarity of the Armenian community of France with the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

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