Greece: Hundreds commemorate 103th anniv. of Armenian Genocide in Athens

Hundreds gathered in Athens on Monday to mark the 103th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Greek Armenians and many other protesters marched through the streets of the Greek capital, lit the date '1915' with candles and burned a banner with photos of the Pasha leaders responsible for the massacre of around 1,500,000 Armenians in 1915. Protesters chanted slogans such as 'Turks get out of... Еще Armenia' and demanded the recognition of the genocide by the Turkish state. Commemorations have taken place on April 24 since the 1920s, marking the date in 1915 when hundreds of Armenian intellectuals were arrested in the Ottoman capital of Constantinople, before being executed. In the years that followed ethnic Armenians were displaced, deported or placed in concentration camps by Ottoman authorities. Between 600,000 and 1.8 million people are believed to have died during the period. Turkish authorities have not recognised the massacre as genocide.

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