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Thousands March to Mark Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Marchers in Los Angeles are demanding that the 1.5 million deaths starting in 1915 be recognized by Turkey.

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LOS ANGELES (KNX1070/AP) - Thousands of people are taking part in annual Los Angeles marches commemorating the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

The demonstrations on Tuesday come just hours after Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned following 10 days of massive anti-government protests in that country.

The first event kicked off at 10 a.m., with a march beginning at Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue in Little Armenia. A second rally began mid-day at Pan Pacific Park before proceeding to the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire, west of Fairfax. Street closures were in place through 6 p.m.

Marchers in Los Angeles are demanding that the 1.5 million deaths starting in 1915 be recognized as genocide. 

Turkey denies the killings were genocide and contends those who died were victims of civil war and unrest.