R.I Armenians to rally at statehouse

(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
A man walks in the yard of an apartment building damaged by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Armenia accused Azerbaijan of firing missiles into the capital of the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, while Azerbaijan said several of its towns and its second-largest city were attacked.

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Armenians in The Ocean State will be rallying at the statehouse on Friday to bring attention to, and protest the attacks against Nagorno-Karabagh.

In late September, Azerbaijan launched a missile attack on the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabagh, targeting civilian populations in the capital city of Stepanakert.

According to the Armenian National Committee of Rhode Island, the calls for a ceasefire with Azerbaijan and its primary ally, Turkey, have fallen on deaf ears.

The attacks also targeted other major regions throughout the Republic, resulting in a number of military and civilian casualties.

According to Amnesty International, the use of cluster munitions is confirmed, which is largely considered a war crime.

Armenians throughout the United States held rallies to bring attention to the violence, and now Providence will be added to that list.

This peaceful, socially distanced protest Is calling for the following actions:

  • Condemn Azerbaijani and Turkish aggression
  • Cut off military aid to both countries
  • Sanction Turkey and Azerbaijan for war crimes

The protest is set for 4:30 PM.

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