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Samson Martirosyan

Kurds in Armenia Protest Turkish Military Incursion of Syria; Burn Erdogan’s Portrait

Several dozen Armenian Kurds staged a protest today near the US Embassy in Yerevan condemning the recent White House decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

The following video of today's demonstration was taken by tert.am.

 "Today we have come to the US Embassy and say we condemn the US leadership for leaving the Kurds alone against the cannons of the Turks," said Kurdish community member and Im Kayl (My Step) faction MP Knyaz Hasanov.

The demonstrators, voicing their anger at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chanted "Erdogan terrorist".

Other Armenian citizens, remebering the 1915 Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, joined the Kurdish community's protest 

The video shows protesters burning a portrait of Erdogan.

Protesters sent a letter to an embassy representative expressing their hope that the United States would change its stance on this matter and would not allow Turkey to continue large-scale hostilities against the Kurds in Syria.

Accepting the letter, the U.S. Embassy representative said he respected the right of the Kurdish community to peacefully assemble and express their opinions, noting that the embassy would soon respond to their letter.

Hours ago, the US announced sanctions against Turkey.

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