Rally in Salt Lake City calls for more recognition of Armenian Genocide

Posted at 6:02 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-24 20:02:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A group gathered for an event in Salt Lake City Sunday to mark the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government expelled and massacred about 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire.

While most historians call it genocide, the Turkish government still hasn't acknowledged it. Neither has President Barack Obama, although it was one of his campaign promises in 2008.

Sunday, Armenians living in Utah made their voices heard as they protested what they call a lack of recognition.

"History repeats itself, and it goes unpunished because it was never condemned at the very first time when it happened,” said Narine Sarkissian, a local business owner who attended Sunday’s event.

Last year, on the 100th anniversary of the massacres, Governor Gary Herbert recognized Utah’s Armenian population for the atrocities their ancestors faced.