Thousands Gather for L.A. Marches to Demand Recognition of Armenian Genocide

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Thousands of people are expected to march through different parts of Los Angeles on Tuesday to demand recognition of the Armenian genocide more than 100 years ago.

Two different marches have been organized by advocacy groups working to get the U.S. and Turkey to recognize the tragedy as a genocide. It left one and a half million Armenians dead, according to the Armenian National Institute. Turkey refuses to say the mass deaths were a genocide, maintaining there was no "systematic attempt to destroy a people," as a New York Times piece explains.

The first of the pair of marches, organized by Unified Young Armenians, took off at 8 a.m. as people carrying Armenian flags filled the streets of Little Armenia in Hollywood.

The second march — called the March for Justice — is being organized by the Armenian Genocide Committee and starts at noon. It begins at Pan Pacific Park in Fairfax and will end at the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard.

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