Greece: Protest turns violent in Thessaloniki on 103rd Armenian Genocide anniv.

Armenian protesters clashed with the police as they marched towards the Turkish consulate in Thessaloniki on Tuesday to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Protesters waved Armenian flags, chanted and burnt portraits of Ottoman figures allegedly responsible for the genocide. While the police resorted to deploying irritant sprays to disperse the crowds, no injuries or... Еще arrests were reported. The genocide took place in the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I, between 1915 and 1923. 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.

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