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Ealing remembers Armenian genocide

Ealing Central and Acton MP Dr Rupa Huq joined with local dignitaries including the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Hitesh Tailor to pay tribute to Ealing’s Armenian community at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Ealing Green earlier this month (20 April 2024).

The memorial which was inaugurated in September 2023 is a sculpture depicting an eternal flame and serves as a commemoration of the many hundreds of thousands of Armenian people were persecuted and killed during World War I.

The event saw Armenian Ambassador to the UK Varuzhan Nersesyan joined by Dr Huq along with other local MPs Ruth Cadbury, James Murray and Virendra Sharma as well leader of Ealing Council Councillor Peter Mason and Mayor of Ealing Councillor Hitesh Tailor.

Dr Huq said: “In Ealing we have a vibrant and sizeable Armenian community and many members are hyphenated Armenians—Iranian-Armenians, Syrian-Armenians or Turkish-Armenians—underscoring that this is a country that has had pogroms, massacres and genocides for many years. The Armenian community of Ealing and Acton reminds us of how wide the Armenian diaspora is: it is scattered throughout many countries, forced out by continuous persecution, genocide and displacement.

The MP added: “Ealing has long commemorated the Armenian genocide of 1915 and I call for the Government, as I have done time and time before, let’s call this as it is. Our closest ally Joe Biden of the US has… let’s recognise 1915 as a genocide.”

Local resident Annette Moskofian, chair of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) UK said: “On behalf of the Armenian Community in Ealing I would like to express our appreciation for your attendance and words of solidarity… your support is much needed in the next Labour government’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.”

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