Armenian Youth Protest at Netherlands Consulate

LOS ANGELES–Over 100 Armenian American youth protested at the Netherlands Consulate General Offices on Thursday–December 17. The protest was in reaction to the impending European Union accession talks with the Republic of Turkey. The Dutch currently hold the six-month EU presidency. Official representatives of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) met with the Consul General of the Netherlands and expressed their opposition to Turkey’s possible membership in the EU. In an official letter–the AYF outlined numerous human rights violations by Turkey and specifically called on European leaders to hold Turkey accountable for perpetrating genocide against Armenia’s between the years of 1915-23. Spanning across two blocks of Wilshire Blvd. during the afternoon rush hour and holding placards with various slogans such as "No EU for Turkey" and "First Justice–then EU," the protesters joined in the international Armenian effort to voice opposition to Turkish membership in the EU and to bring into the limelight Turkey’s gross violations of basic human rights.


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