Tens of thousands demand the recognition of the Armenian genocide in Lebanon [PICS]

Tens of thousands of Armenian-Lebanese demonstrated outside the Turkish embassy in Rabieh on Tuesday and called on Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide. Today marks the 97th anniversary of the beginning of the genocide. The rally started after a rememberance Mass at the Armenian Orthodox Catholicosate in Antelias. Protesters chanted anti-Turkish slogans and several Turkish flags were burnt. The Armenian genocide was the systematic killing of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. Although widely acknowledged by genocide scholars to have been one of the first modern systematic genocides, Ankara has always refused to recognized it. Twitter users used the hashtag #ArmenianGenocide to commemorate the anniversary. Many also called on the Turkish government to stop denying the genocide. @Beirutbeats From Beirut to Istanbul, Jerusalem to New York, Paris to London, People urge #Turkey to recognize #ArmenianGenocide Others called on Barack Obama to finally recognise the massacre as a "genocide": @ALPOstAL #ARMENIANGENOCIDE NEVER AGAIN! IT'S TIME FOR @BarackObama TO BE A MAN! STEP UP AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT! TURKEY GUILTY OF GENOCIDE! #NEVERFORGET @KLLR_KO I encourage everyone, Armenian or not, to use Twitter today to help educate others + recognize the #ArmenianGenocide. You too, @BarackObama. @TanAlkan Obama lacks courage to say Genocide in his April 24 statement http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/104545/ #ArmenianGenocide Photo courtesy of @betket

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