By CBSLA Staff

BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — A pro-Armenia rally held on Sunday afternoon in response to the ongoing Armenia and Azerbaijan conflict drew up to 100,000 attendees, the LAPD estimated.

The “Artsakh Under Attack: March for Victory” began at Pan Pacific Park and conclude at the Turkish Consulate in Beverly Hills.

“We stand with our brothers and sisters in Armenia and Artsakh and the diaspora in L.A.,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “We welcome the ceasefire and it must be respected. We need our national leadership to step up and help bring peace to the region. Turkey must disengage.”

Los Angeles County is home to the nation’s largest Armenian diaspora, and the reported cease-fire agreement came after days of protests and demonstrations throughout the L.A. area to bring attention to the ongoing conflict in the region.

OCTOBER 11, 2020 — A rally attendee stands up through a vehicle’s sunroof in solidarity with protests calling for peace in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. (Courtesy: CBSLA)

Armenia leaders have accused Azerbaijan of breaking the cease-fire, while Azerbaijani leaders are alleging it is Armenia that was in breach.

Minutes after the truce reportedly took effect, the Armenian military accused Azerbaijan of shelling a settlement inside Armenia.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry rejected the Armenian accusations as a “provocation.”

Nasimi Aghayev, the Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, said the following in a video statement sent to CBS2/KCAL9:

“Armenia must end this aggression and occupation against Azerbaijani people. We want peace but for peace, Armenia must withdraw its armed forces from Azerbaijan,” Aghayev said.

The Azerbaijani military also accused Armenia of striking two of Azerbaijan’s regions and attempting to launch offensives, which Armenia denies, calling attacks on its citizens a “second genocide.”

Tensions between the countries recently re-ignited, resulting in several civilian deaths, and led to widespread protests and calls for peace.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is controlled by ethnic Armenians but rests in Azerbaijani territory. Azerbaijan has long expressed its intent to take control of the territory.

Both sides have accused the other of attacking civilians during the clash, which is possibly the most violent since Armenia and Azerbaijan’s 1994 cease-fire.

As of Sunday night, no resolution has been brought forth by either country.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service and The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (18)
  1. Victor says:

    Read an important American etiquette for those who are waving a flag from another nation around our communities.

    ‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

  2. Joe says:

    Do they really think congesting the streets and inconveniencing everyone around them is going to change anything? If you want change, fly back home and help fight the war.

  3. Tyler says:

    I wonder which side these so-called Americans would take if USA and Armenia ever would go to war? I guess we all know the answer!

  4. Bob says:

    The land in question has always internationally been know as Azerbaijan land. Just because a whole bunch of Armenians live there they can claim it as their own? Does this now mean that all the Koreans in Koreatown can ban together and claim that portion of LA as Korea? Chinatown too?

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