Hundreds march through Yerevan in honour of 108-year anniversary of Armenian Genocide

A torchlight procession marches during a demonstration in Yerevan, Armenia
A torchlight procession marches during a demonstration in Yerevan, Armenia Copyright Hayk Baghdasaryan/Photolure via AP
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Hundreds of people carrying lit torches marched through Yerevan on the eve of April 24, a day that marks the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.


Hundreds of Armenians marched through their country's capital to mark the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on Sunday.

Mourners gathered in Yerevan's central square, carried lit torches, burned Turkish and Azerbaijani flags and walked through the streets in a procession accompanied by an orchestra.

A man sets fire to a Turkish national flag and an Azerbaijan national flag in Yerevan.AFP

The event takes place every year, and it ends with participants carrying torches to the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex. 

In the centre of the complex is an eternal flame meant to represent the 1.5 million Armenians that historians estimate were killed during the genocide. 

Armenians take part in a torchlight procession in YerevanAFP

The following day, 24 April, is known as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and it marks the same day in 1915 when 250 intellectuals were rounded up and killed in Ottoman Turkey.

While Turkey concedes that many died in that era, the country has rejected the term genocide, saying the death toll is inflated and the deaths resulted from civil unrest during the Ottoman Empire’s collapse.

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