BEIRUT: Around 60 young Armenians Tuesday protested the presence of Turkish designers at the L.I.P.S Management first Designers and Brands show taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Beirut.
“We hope that the guests of this show will have a glimpse of our sorrows and our cause,” Hagop Parseghian, one of the organizers of the protest, told The Daily Star. “With this protest, we hope that people will stop denying the genocide. This past century is an example of the Turkish denial. As the youth of the Armenian revolution of the [diaspora] in Lebanon, we know that it's our duty to do this.”
The group gathered at the entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel around 7:50 p.m, quickly prompting the arrival of local police equipped with shields and batons.
Protesters waved their signs chanting in English and Arabic.
One officer was overheard telling his security team not to interfere with the protesters as they were instructed to protect individuals at the scene rather than stifle the demonstration.
Guests of the show stood on the balcony above overlooking the scene evolving below.
Turkish designers Cemil Lpeksi, Erol Albayrak and Siren Ertan Istanbul were scheduled to showcase their work in the evening.
Up to 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by Ottoman Turks during World War I. However Turkey has continually rejected to recognize the events as genocide.