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Protests Break Out In Los Angeles Over Armenia and Azerbaijan Conflict




A man holds up an Armenian flag during a protest organized by the Armenian Youth Federation outside the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Los Angeles.
A man holds up an Armenian flag during a protest organized by the Armenian Youth Federation outside the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Los Angeles.
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Over the weekend, protesters came together outside the CNN building in Hollywood to draw attention to fighting that escalated between Armenia and Azerbaijan late last month.

Around 500 protesters gathered in Hollywood Saturday and Sunday, calling for more accurate coverage of the conflict. Dozens of civilians have died since Sept. 27, in the most recent escalation of the decades-long conflict over  Nagorno-Karabakh. Although the region is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, its inhabitants are primarily ethnic Armenians. Protesters in LA said Azerbaijan instigated the conflict, and argue that Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia are benign attacked with force by richer, more powerful countries. 

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about the conflict and the protests in Los Angeles. Thoughts? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Shushan Karapetian, deputy director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies