Number Killed in Armenia ‘Debatable,’ Turkish Consul General in Los Angeles Says

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Local representatives of the Turkish government said Friday that claims of a genocide against Armenians were inaccurate and unhelpful.

Thousands marched marking the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide in Hollywood on April 24, 2015. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Thousands marched marking the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide in Hollywood on April 24, 2015. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The comments, in an interview with KTLA Channel 5, responded to a local and massive daylong commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the massive slaughter of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey.

The activities included speeches, rallies and a march that ended in front of the Turkish consulate on Wilshire Boulevard. More than 130,000 participated, according to an estimate from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Armenians and others have characterized what happened as a genocide -- a grim precursor and model to genocides that followed, including in Nazi Germany and Rwanda. Some scholars have put the Armenian death toll at about 1.2 million, with some estimates as high as 1.5 million.

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