LYONS MAYOR FAILED TO FULFILL PROMISE
PanARMENIAN.Net 21.03.2006 01:26 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ March 18, when a wave of rallies shocked France several thousands of Turks protested in Lyons against the erection of the monument to the Armenian Genocide victims. They came across French ralliers at the municipality. Turks attacked the French and the police dispersed the crowd with tear-gas bombs. French and Turkish press covered the incident widely. Hurriyet Turkish newspaper wrote that "Armenians came to the rally to trouble Turks and three Armenians were wounded" what later turned out as a lie. According to chairperson of the Armenian Federation of Europe Hilda Tchoboian, the Mayor of Lyons promised to prevent the action against the monument erection. "However March 17 he announced that the rally was authorized despite the demands of all the political circles of Lyons to prohibit it," she said.
Hilda Tchoboian considers that the Mayor took the decision under the pressure of the Ministry of Home Affairs, which said that Turks promised to refrain from anti-Armenian posters and slogans. However they did not keep their promise. They shouted out offences swaying anti-Armenian posters. "The Armenian youth explained the essence of the case to the French, who started shouting to Turks "France is not your place".
March 19 Armenians gathered at the editorial office of Progress newspaper that published some anti-Armenian articles. The editor said the newspaper will not publish articles of the kind any more, Hilda Tchoboian said. She added that March 20 a press conference dedicated to the recent events will be held March 20 and underscored that all genocide denying rallies will be barred. "The Armenian community of France will not keep silent, moreover this country and its people have announced their position on the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1915," she said.
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ARMENIAN MEMORIAL VANDALIZED IN FRANCE AHEAD OF GENOCIDE ANNIVERSARY
AP Worldstream Apr 18, 2006
A memorial in southeast France honoring those killed in what Armenians call a genocide by Ottoman Turks was vandalized just a week before it was to be unveiled, Armenian organizations said.
The memorial in Lyon was scrawled with graffiti reading, "There was no genocide," according to the Committee for the Defense of the Armenian Cause, and the Council of Armenian Organizations in France.
The groups expressed indignation at the incident, which occurred Monday, and demanded tight security for the unveiling of the monument April 24 and for other commemorations that day around France.
April 24 is when Armenian communities around the world mark the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923. Turks claim the number of deaths is inflated and say the victims were killed in civil unrest.
MEMORIAL DEDICATED TO THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OFFICIALLY OPENED IN LYON
ArmRadio.am 25.04.2006 15:20
Last evening a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian genocide was officially opened in Lyon France. Some days ago the monument was profaned by Turks.
Political circles of France attached great importance to the opening of the memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. During the ceremony, a speech was delivered by the President of France Jacques Chirac. Head of the Armenian European Federation Hilda Tchoboyan told "Radiolur" that impressive speeches were delivered, the address of the Mayor of Lyon was most remarkable.
Armenian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France Eduard Nalbandyan expressed his appreciation to French authorities for raising monuments dedicated to the Armenian Genocide in Lyon and Marseilles. Hilda Tchoboyan attached importance to the contribution of France forcing Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
The Socialist Party of France declared that on May 18 it intends to subject a draft law on arresting Armenian Genocide deniers to the consideration of the Supreme Council of the French Parliament. Yesterday the issue was again addressed in Lyon.
By the way, Turkey is going to submit a complaint to UNESCO against France for raising monuments dedicated to the Armenian Genocide. The reason was the opening of memorials dedicated to the Armenian Genocide in Paris and Lyon.
Turkey is concerned with the fact that both monuments have been raised in territories included in the list of world cultural heritage of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee."
Head of the European Armenian Federation considers that there is no reason for concern here. She informed that 100 policemen are guarding the monument to protect it from Turkish vandalism.
Armenian Genocide Memorial in France Desecrated
A memorial for the Armenian Genocide in the French city of Villeurbanne was desecrated on July 3, reports Asbarez.com. Some letters of an inscription on the memorial, which read “Recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915,” are now missing. The memorial had been unveiled in 2005 ahead of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by Mayor Jean-Paul Bret.
“The desecration of the Armenian Genocide memorial in Villeurbanne on the night of July 3 is a new outrage to the memory of the million and a half Armenians exterminated in 1915 under the command of the Young Turk government,” the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) said in a statement, Nouvelles d’Armenia reports.
According to CCAF, this new attack, which came less than eight days after the vandalism of a Missak Manouchian statue in Marseille, is “a new affront to human dignity, a blow to the fraternity between peoples and democratic values, and a direct aggression against the Armenian community of France.”
The statement emphasizes that this provocation months before the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide proves the need to adopt a law criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, as pledged by the former and current authorities of France.