Since martial law has been declared in Armenia and Azerbaijan, protests across the US have erupted to show solidarity and demand support and a peaceful solution for the regional conflict.
Pro-Armenian protests shut down Hollywood this week, waving the national flag of the US and Armenia, to show solidarity and demand media coverage on the issue.
Armenian protesters in LA block Sunset Boulevard chanting “@CNN tell the truth”, demanding international media end its silence on Azerbaijan’s war crimes.#Azerbaijan & #Turkey jail more journalists per capita than any country on earth. It’s time for the media to wake up. pic.twitter.com/V7aeyj29bJ
— Alex Galitsky (@algalitsky) October 4, 2020
The movement – which drew MAGA patriots alongside local Armenian-Americans in Glendale, CA – was led by Johnny Nalbandian, who is a Republican currently running against Judy Chu for the 27th District. The protests reached up to Pasadena, as reported by local LA channel KTLA5:
On behalf of Johnny for Congress, we would like to thank our PATRIOTIC COMMUNITY PARTNERS who participated in California’s LARGEST PRO AMERICA CARAVAN. WE MADE HISTORY!!!
— Johnny J. Nalbandian (@Johnny_Congress) October 5, 2020
Love for Armenians, patriotism and MAGA hats LOVE IT! 🇦🇲🇺🇸❤️#raiseawareness #activism #humanitarianism #armeniansoldier #armeniansoldiers #conservative #republican #karabakh #duxov #artsakhstrong #armeniastrong #stopaliyev #stoperdogan #հաղթելուենք #haxteluenq #artsakhisarmenia pic.twitter.com/7w7hf7spFc
— Armenian Conservatives (@armenianconserv) October 5, 2020
Last weekend in Hollywood, the protestors marched to the CNN headquarters to demand coverage by the news network reports Los Angeles Times.
The latest clashes between the two countries in the Caucasus region led to the highest death toll since 2016.
Yet, this time, the danger of escalation goes beyond the borders of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Since the start of the war, Turkey has been accused of sending fighters from Syria to the Karabakh region, to help our Azerbaijani forces against Armenia.
Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan told Fox News that establishing peace is their current priority, yet the fight between the countries has not stopped since the September 27th.