LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A pair of City Council members applauded the cancellation of a planned Ottoman-era military marching band that they said could be perceived as “a provocation of the Armenian community” in Southern California.

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and Council member Paul Krekorian released the following joint statement on Wednesday after organizers called off the parade slated for Oct. 3 on Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and La Brea avenues.

While the lawmakers voiced their firm commitment to First Amendment rights, they welcomed the unexpected cancellation.

“This planned performance, supposedly to celebrate an event taking place in Orange County, is a provocation of the Armenian community at a time when the community celebrates 20 years of Armenian independence,” the said in a statement.

The Armenian Youth Federation and other groups on Facebook and other social networking sites cheered the decision.

Parade participants were set to march in their imperial dress bearing “Turkish flags, swords, shields, and instruments”, according to AYF.

An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Turkish troops under the Ottoman empire from 1915 to 1923. Turkey has never officially acknowledged the murders as genocide.

Comments (11)
  1. Up To No Good says:

    It appears that the Armenians were able to surive that tragic time but continuing their healthcare fraud, identity theft, tax evasion, and other organized related crimes against the US and its honest citizens.

    But not all Armenians are awful. I can count the good ones on one hand.

  2. GevorG Demrtshyan says:

    i hope you get to have only one hand after you break the other in a tragic accident because you are a immoral person who stereotypes like a child. Its like i call all the jews ponzi scammers because Madoff stole over 60 billion dollars.
    Grow up, don’t grow old…

    1. Marcus says:

      I’m glad you’re no longer the governor!

  3. Mike says:

    Ottoman military marching band? What the hell is that?

    They were wise to cancel. The Armenian protest would have been huge and these band members would have been thumped. What were they thinking?

  4. Marcus says:

    How dare these Turks celebrate their heritage? If anybody else might be offended, then don’t bother having any pride in yourself. Leave that to the other guy.

  5. Art says:

    This clearly confirms the ignorance of Turks… nothing more nothing less

  6. Art says:

    Not a Turkish Parade but an Ottoman-Era Parade… Common…. are you kidding?.. ?? Imagine if Germans have a Nazi theme parade on Hollywood Blvd… how would that be felt?

    No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.


  7. Chaca says:

    Another hoax created by the Armenian Disapora. The band members were all armenians claiming to be the Ottoman band to get attention.

    What a pathedic culture.

    1. Art says:

      As you can see you are one useless and a brainless ameoba. Oh wait you must be a turk.. By the way your name means “nothing” in Armenian.. Is that a coincidence? Why would you attack our culture, you little hyena..

  8. Truthhh says:

    @art go and read some real history books not the Armenian Diaspora nazis books Ottoman-Era was in the history the one and only that gave freedom for all people with all the diffrent religon all ethnic

  9. Gandih says:

    im living in germany and i learned from my Jewish teacher all about the Nazis are you Crazy to say that the Nazis and the Ottoman-Era was the same

    it shows me agian that you American are really stupid please read some History books from Europe not the armenian lobby history books
    Its a Fact on the Ottoman-Era all People have there Freedom rights for there Tradition Religion but hwen you look to the Amercian French Great Britian German all this imperialist Countries did Genocided on the People where they was the Forced there Religion to them this people have not the right for there Religion Tradition they wa not Free

    the Armenian Diaspora is like the Nazis they saying you Fake History stuff and of course you Belive it like the Nazi Germans do

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