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Ryde’s Armenians take over the city

Hundreds of Armenians from the City of Ryde marched through Sydney on Saturday chanting pro-Armenian and anti-Turkish slogans.

More than 500 marchers and a convoy of cars took part in the The March for Armenians and demanded an end to Australia’s silence on Azerbaijan’s Turkish backed attacks on Armenians in the breakaway Republic of Artsakh and Ryde’s Sister City, Stepanakert.
They also condemned what they claimed is a lack of accurate mainstream media reporting on the conflict which has claimed hundreds of civilian and military lives.
Armenian National Committee of Australia spokesman Haig Kayserian addressed the the March and recalled the Armenian Genocide of 1915, carried out by Ottoman Turkey.
“We say never again to another genocide of Armenians, and that never again means Australia must stand against ethnic cleansing and genocide,” he said.
“This demonstration projects our community’s collective voice expressing discontent at the Australian Government’s failure to condemn twin Neo-Ottoman dictatorships, Azerbaijan and Turkey for attacking the Armenian homeland and threatening ethnic cleansing and genocide.”
His words were echoed by protestor Melanie Tchakmadjian,
“I am emotional, because it is not just a piece of land, for Azerbaijan it is just territory, but for us it is our heritage, it is our absolute existence.”
The protest was led by the Homenetmen Australia Scouts Marching Band and ended with special performances from The Voice Australia finalist Masha Mnjoyan and Opera Australia soprano Natalie Aroyan.
Ryde’s Armenian community thanked the Assyrian-Australian, Greek-Australian, Tamil-Australian, Lebanese-Australian and Kurdish-Australian communities for their support for the protest.