Hundreds of pro-Armenian protesters marched to the Turkish embassy in Athens on Wednesday as they demanded that the breakaway, self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh be recognised as an independent state.
The demonstrators gathered by the iconic Syntagma square where they began to march towards the Turkish embassy waving Armenian flags and anti-Azerbaijani signs, and at one point holding up smoke canisters in the colour of the Armenian and Artsakh flags.
«The struggle of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh is a struggle for freedom against the Turkish-Azerbaijani barbarity. There must not be a new Armenian genocide,» said a protester outside the Turkish embassy.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire on Saturday, and were set to start negotiations but both sides have accused each other of continuing attacks.
Fighting between the two countries broke out on September 27 when clashes erupted along the Line of Contact. Several hundred deaths have been reported in the heaviest fighting since 1994, with both sides blaming each other for the escalation and an increasing number of casualties.
The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent ethnic Armenian-led government.