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Armenians from Bakersfield, Glendale protest outside Congressman Kevin McCarthy's office

Posted at 1:22 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 17:20:09-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Armenian-Americans from Bakersfield and Glendale gathered outside Congressman Kevin McCarthy's office, protesting what they said is his blocking of H.R.1165 bill. If passed, this bill will “condemn Azerbaijan military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh and denounce Turkish interference in the conflict."

Since the resurgence of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sept. 27, hundreds of Armenians have taken to the streets of Los Angeles and Fresno Counties to protest and bring awareness to the violence. Now they are gathering in Bakersfield, to urge Congressman Kevin McCarthy to support the bill.

Monday, Glendale City Commissioner Elana Semerjian gathered with the protesters outside Rep. McCarthy's office, telling 23ABC that she believes the language used in H.R. 1165 is not strong enough.

On Sunday, Reuters confirmed Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it was agreed. At least 750 people have been killed since fighting began on Sept. 27, according to Reuters.