Armenians in Iran took part in demonstrations in Teheran on April 24.
1. SV PULL BACK TO GV Armenian church in Teheran. 0.08
2. SV & CU Armenians gathering outside church with posters. (2 SHOTS) 0.15
3. TS INTERIOR & GV Church service taking place with congregation. (3 SHOTS) 0.59
4. GV EXTERIOR Demonstrators gathering outside church. 1.06
5. GV & GV PAN Demonstrators marching on streets of Teheran. (3 SHOTS) 1.42
6. GV PAN Demonstrators passing Turkish Airlines building in Teheran chanting as they go past. 1.54
7. GV Armed police. 1.59
8. TS & SV Demonstrators marching towards Turkish Embassy. 2.09
9. GV Police on guard outside embassy and embassy officials inside gate. (3 SHOTS) 2.29
10. GV Marchers. 2.41
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Background: TEHERAN, IRAN
Armenians in Iran took part in demonstrations in Teheran on April 24. They were marking the sixty eighth anniversary of what they claim was genocide among the Armenian population by Turks. The protest began with a church service remembering those who were killed in the alleged massacre of 1915. It is estimated that about 600,000 Armenians died or were killed en route when the Turkish authorities attempted to deport the entire Armenian population of about 1,700,000 from Eastern Turkey to Syria and Mesopotamia. The Armenians claim that as many as one-and-a-half million of their people perished. Turkey has always denied the massacre charge. Led by churchmen, the Armenians marched in their thousands through the streets of the Iranian capital chanting as they progressed towards the Turkish Embassy. The embassy building was heavily guarded as the marchers approached but there were no incidents. Similar demonstrations took place in Paris and Athens on April 23 and 24. In Athens police clashed with the demonstrators preventing them from reaching the Turkish Embassy and in Paris the Armenians also failed to get near the embassy there. In the last ten years there has been renewed pressure from Armenian groups aimed at forcing the Turkish government to grant self-determination. Groups such as the Armenian Secret Army (ASALA) have attacked Turks throughout the world and have claimed responsibility for the killing of at least 25 - most of them diplomats and their families.
Source: AHMAD DELSHADIAN