Canada: Hundreds commemorate the Armenian Genocide in Ottawa

Hundreds of ethnic Armenians and their supporters rallied outside Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Sunday, to mark the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The commemoration was opposed by a significantly smaller pro-Turkish rally. A large police presence and rows of fencing kept the two rallies apart.
The Armenian Genocide took place in the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I, between the year 1915 and 1923. Commemorations have taken place on April 24 every year 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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