LOS ANGELES, CA – On Saturday, April 30, in advance of the large-scale demonstration planned by opposition forces in Armenia, the Armenian-American community of Los Angeles expressed its solidarity with the people of Armenia–who are demanding Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation–with two demonstrations.
Participants of a car rally titled CArtsakh gathered in a large parking lot in Glendale, where they decorated their cars with flags and posters. Speaking to participants before the start of the car rally were Vicken Sosikian, one of the organizers and Angela Achikgyozian, daughter of Simon Achikgyozian, the commander of the “Arabo” detachment, who was martyred 31 years ago on this day participating in the Artsakh liberation war. The car rally started at 11 o’clock and the large convoy of vehicles moved to the Republic of Armenia Consulate in Glendale, after which they headed to the Azerbaijani and Turkish Consulates in Los Angeles.
The motorcade stopped in front of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Consulates, where the participants expressed their support for the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination. The demonstrators covered the entrance of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Consulates with the flag of Artsakh.
Also on the same day, a protest was scheduled for 2pm in front of the Republic of Armenia Consulate, which was joined by the participants of the car rally. Representatives of all the groups gathered in front of the Republic of Armenia Consulate, and on behalf of the community, stated that they stood by the people of Armenia and rejected its current authorities. The participants also unanimously stated that no solution to the Artsakh conflict can include Artsakh’s status as part of Azerbaijan.