Facebook initiative group to protest outside US embassy in Yerevan against deportation of ethnic Armenian population of Kessab

Facebook initiative group to protest outside US embassy in Yerevan against deportation of ethnic Armenian population of Kessab

YEREVAN, March 31. / ARKA /. A Facebook initiative group called ‘Save Kessab’ will gather outside the US embassy in Yerevan on April 2 at 1 pm to protest against the deportation of ethnic Armenian population of the town of Kessab in northern Syria bordering Turkey.

According to reports, the historic Armenian-inhabited Kessab had been attacked by rebel forces, including the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. 

They seized control of the town and its people were forced to flee. Kessab, normally a 2,000-person small town was primarily settled by Armenians in the 14th and 15th centuries. The insurgents pushed into the area with Turkey’s blessing.

The initiative group condemns Turkey’s Western allies for their tacit support for Ankara’s support to deportation of the Christian population of Syria from their homes.

"Being one of the most powerful nations of the world the US has shut its eyes to the Turkish authorities' crimes against the Christian population of Syria, including Armenians," it said. 

The group calls on all citizens of Armenia regardless of their political views and geopolitical orientation, to condemn the United States’ for ignoring the fate of Kessab Armenians.

Earlier, Armenia’s Human Rights Defender, Karen Andreasyan, sent a message to the international community, in which he calls for an inquiry into the situation in the Syrian Kessab and gross violations of human rights. -0-

19:12 31.03.2014

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