Armenian‬ Assembly Condemns Mass Shooting in Orlando

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of
America (Assembly) released the following statement in response to the mass
shooting by an ISIS supporter on Sunday, June 12 in Orlando, Florida:

”The Armenian Assembly of America and all Armenian Americans mourn
the victims of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest in United States history. We
pray for the victims, their families, and friends. The Assembly condemns the barbaric acts
that occurred and the pervasive intolerance, hatred, and inhumanity represented
by the perpetrator and those who think like him.  

A few months ago, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that ISIS
is ‘responsible for genocide’ in Syria and Iraq, including Armenians as one of
the groups under attack. As Armenians, we know the fear of being targeted and
killed, as we were by the Ottoman Turks during the Armenian Genocide in 1915,
Azerbaijan starting in the late 1980s, and again by ISIS today. As we face
these depraved acts of terror, the imperative of rising above and achieving
victory over the perpetrators and their enablers is clear. While our heads are
bowed in respect for the painful human loss, we will always stand in solidarity
with Orlando.”

Established in 1972, the Armenian
Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization
promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly
is a 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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