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Ryde’s Armenians shut down Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was shut down on Sunday afternoon by thousands of Armenian protesters from Ryde.

Traffic was delayed for several hours as the protesters took over two city bound lanes, got out of their cars and waved Armenian flags.
Many stood on the tops of their vehicles while others honked their horns while shouting pro-Armenian and anti-Turkish slogans.
Live Traffic said traffic was moving across the Bridge by Sunday evening but there were traffic jams in North Sydney.
Hundreds of vehicles took part in Sunday’s protest against recent Azerbaijani attacks on Ryde’s Sister City of Stepanakert in the breakaway Armenian speaking Republic of Artsakh, which is surrounded by Turkish backed Azerbaijan.
It is the second weekend of motor convoy protests and comes hours after Armenia accused Azerbaijan of violating the latest ceasefire agreement.
Armenia’s defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said Azerbaijan had fired artillery shells and rockets into Artsakh in the early hours of Sunday morning wounding civilians.
Azerbaijan claimed more than 50 civilians were killed in Armenian attacks.
This has been denied by Armenia which insists the Azeris are targeting civilians and the Armenians are restricting their attacks to military targets, including Turkish supplied warplanes and Israeli supplied drones.
Lane Cove MP Anthoy Roberts said those accused of atrocities against civilians should be tried as war criminals.
Bennelong MP John Alexander and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian were recently declared as Enemies of Azerbaijan due to their recognition of Artsakh’s right to self-determination despite Azerbaijan’s claim the disputed region is an integral part of its territory.
The City of Ryde officially recognises the Republic of Artsakh.