Bulletin: Sargsyan visit met by violence in Paris

Запись добавил News Armenia October 2nd, 2009 11:00 в раздел Новости Армении.

The Associated Press in Paris has reported that President Serzh Sargsyan’s visit to the French capital has been marred by violence from the Diaspora community there, engaging clashes with riot police.

According to AP’s Angela Charlton:

Armenia's president has started his tour of Armenian communities worldwide amid violent protests from members of a diaspora angry over plans to establish ties with Turkey.

French riot police are fighting back belligerent demonstrators in Paris. A few dozen shouted "No!" and punched riot shields before a planned event Friday with Armenian President Serge Sarkisian.

Police dragged several protesters away kicking and screaming. Sarkisian did not show up.

The protesters are angry over the reconciliation plans with Turkey despite resolution of a dispute over the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

Armenians say the massacre was genocide. Turkey disputes this and says the death toll is inflated.

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