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USA: Armenian community protests Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Glendale

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The Armenian community in Glendale, California, rallied on Monday against what they deem to be Azerbaijan’s aggression as clashes escalate in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Crowds of protesters waved Armenian flags and chanted in front of Glendale City hall. They held placards reading “Artsakh is Armenia” and “Armenia strong”.

Gohar Petrosyan, one of the protesters, said, “We just want peace, we do not want war but if that is what it takes we are not giving our land, they want something that is ours, they want something that came from our history from our heritage we are not giving that to them.”

Another member of the community, Mary Khachatryan, said, “We are here so the international community can finally interfere, they were silent in 1915, which led to the Armenian genocide and as a result, 1.5 million Armenians were killed.”

She added, “We hope that the international community will finally speak up and stop the Aliev aggression.”

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared martial law and mobilised their armed forces after clashes escalated on Sunday.

Earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed support to the Azeri authorities and blamed Yerevan for escalating the conflict.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the “sides to cease fire immediately and to commence negotiations in order to stabilise the situation.”

Leaders of France, Austria, Germany, and other European countries also called for a suspension of military operations and for the start of negotiations.

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