MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – On the occasion of the inauguration of President-elect Tabaré Vázquez, South American presidents, dignitaries and media outlets took part in the ceremonies, including those at the Presidential Palace, adjacent to The Social Democrat Hunchakian Party Executive Committee of Uruguay.

Seizing the moment to attract attention to the Centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, SDHP Executive Committee members placed a large banner in front of the Hunchakian center, paying homage to the 100th Anniversary of the Genocide perpetrated by Turkey. The Spanish language banner gained worldwide attention from media outlets who were in attendance.

“Being in such close proximity to the Presidential Palace, we felt that it would be a great way to convey our message on behalf of the Armenian community, to not only South American dignitaries at the ceremony, but also to the media who would publicize this crime against humanity – that even after a century, is being denied by the government of Turkey,” said Ani Garabedian, SDHP Uruguay Chairwoman. “As Uruguayan-Armenians We are proud to be citizens of the first nation that has acknowledged the Armenian Genocide and we hope that other nations in South America follow.”

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