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Lebanon - Centenary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide: "Releasing Lanterns Into Beirut Sky".

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19/04/2015 the sky of Beirut was enlightened by 500 lanterns that were released during an awareness event entitled #AgainstAllGenocides. The event was organized by the Zavarian Student Association on the occasion of the 100th anniversary


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Evelyn B (61)
Monday April 20, 2015, 8:20 am
On Sunday April 19, 2015 the sky of Beirut was enlightened by hundreds of lanterns that were released during an awareness event entitled #AgainstAllGenocides. The event was organized by the Zavarian Student Association of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, but aimed to remind the public of all genocides and crimes against humanity.

During the event more than 500 lanterns were launched into the sky of Beirut, that represented calls for justice!

Sam H (410)
Monday April 20, 2015, 9:25 am
Sad occasion. I hope the lanterns didn't cause any damage to whatever left of Lebanon's forests after Israel torched most of them.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday April 20, 2015, 9:56 am
Like Sam I have mixed feelings on these things going into the air. Too many balloons end up being eaten by sea turtles who die among other animals. What goes up, must come down, more environmental pollution. However I do like the fact that this part of an extremely grim part of history is remembered.

We've had too many genocides and genocide going on now via ISIS.....I'm not sure if the human condition will ever learn to live with each other in peace, but we must not stop trying and was good to see so many young people in the video. Please, be the generation that finally smartens up........the older one gets the more pain in the eyes of others one sees.

It is estimated that one and a half million Armenians perished between 1915 and 1923. There were an estimated two million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire on the eve of W.W.I. Well over a million were deported in 1915.

War solves NOTHING! It creates only more pain and sorrow.

Evelyn B (61)
Monday April 20, 2015, 10:59 am
Dandelion - these are very light paper, so I don't think you need worry about danger to turtles ... More risk of fire, but with little candles, the flame would probably be blown out in seconds.
And Sam's concern for the forests ... this is in an urban jungle, Sam - far from the Lebanese forests (that, sadly, are shrinking rapidly).

Something one doesn't hear about (although I've met descendents) are the Armenians who were sheltered & protected by non-Armenian neighbours, or in villages .... The bulk of the genocide was committed by military units constituted from very unreliable backgrounds (if I remember rightly, many were from among populations displaced/ kicked out when Turkey lost its control over Eastern Europe in the 1870s ....., & Young Turks surviving after their failed coup) Not so much of inter-village local participation ... And one should not forget that Russia & Britain encouraged revolt by Armenians, for reasons totally unrelated to concern for the rights of the Armenians ... they made promises - similar to those made to the Marsh Arabs & Kurds during the "1st" Gulf War - that were then not followed through, leaving a whole people to pay the price of having trusted in promised support.

Sam H (410)
Monday April 20, 2015, 11:34 am

There's no question that the Armenians were used by western powers for their own reasons, like other minorities were and still are.

Beirut may be an urban jungle, but it's quite a short distance between that jungle and the closest forested mountain. Add to that the wind blowing from the Mediterranean which can only drive the lanterns in that direction. Besides, Beirut proper still has, Horsh Al-Sanawbar (Bois de Pins, if you prefer!) which “was bombed to burn by Israeli jet fighters during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.” Under calm weather conditions, it’s very likely that a lantern would stay up in the air until its flame is extinguished. But why play with fire?

Granted that’s not the worst that the Lebanese or others have done to that country!

But why am I telling you all of that? I know you know all that stuff!

Evelyn B (61)
Monday April 20, 2015, 12:26 pm
Sam - last November I didn't recognise the area of Horsh Al-Sanawbar ... so few trees compared to what there used to be!! And only the odd pine tree instead of the beautiful mass there used to be!
And I think the candles would be out before getting near rooftops, let alone high enough up into the mountains to reach remaining (mainly pine) forests .......

But this was a very spectacular way of drawing attention to the issues both of the Armenian genocide, & genocides in general - I take my hat off to those who dreamt up such a visually striking event!

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 20, 2015, 1:22 pm
Thx Evelyn for putting a spotlight on this. I won't get into any dispute here over whether or not this action coulld cause harm, instead I'll just honor those students,kudos to the ZSA for commemorating the tragedy!
I am leased to say that FINALLY today our Bundestag DECIDED to cal a spade a spade.. for FIRST TIME they acknowledged unanimously to use the term *genocide*. This had been avoided until today to not piss of Turkey..which has never admitted that genocide.
Took long but at least it happened now!

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 20, 2015, 1:25 pm
*I am PLEASED* ..

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday April 21, 2015, 12:05 am
A commemoration is fine. Remembering NOT to war is failing.
Thanks Evelyn.

Brenda P (125)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 12:35 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 7:11 am
Obama refuses to recognize Armenian genocide, though he promised to do it to get elected. May be he does not want to upset his buddy Erdogan.

Nothing surprising, just another Obama's failure...

Evelyn B (61)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 7:23 am
The numbers alone stand for genocide .... But the US (like most of the "great") have difficulty putting integrity & human rights above diplomacy & politics in their priorities ....

At least the US wasn't a partner in the promises made by the Allies to the Armenians ... they were still "outside" the war at that stage.

Diane K (134)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 9:05 am
Thank you, Evelyn, for sharing this.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 12:49 pm

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 1:38 pm
Stop all genocides all over our planet. Thank you very much for sharing Evelyn.

Roslyn McBride (34)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 2:36 pm
Agree with Birgit W.'s comment - 100%

fly bird (26)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 11:35 pm
PLEASE SIGN: President Obama and Congress: Re-Affirm Recognition of Armenian Genocide as "Genocide'.
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