The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that the permit for a parade of the Ottoman Military Marching Band, originally scheduled to take place on Monday in Hollywood, has been withdrawn by organizers.
The prospect of large-scale protest and backlash from our community has clearly forced those behind this offensive campaign to back down from their planned march.
The Armenian Youth Federation welcomes the cancellation of this shameful and extremely insulting event. The notion of celebrating a military responsible for the murder of 1.5 million of our ancestors on the streets of Hollywood, just over the border from Little Armenia, is wholly unacceptable.
As a result of this apparent cancellation, the protest demonstration planned for Monday in opposition to the march is also being halted.
However, the AYF remains on high alert and continues to monitor this issue closely. Should there be any attempt by the Ottoman Military Band to reorganize its offensive display within our community, we are ready to promptly and appropriately address such an action.
This episode once again displays the blatant contempt of Turkey and its allies toward the Armenian community. It is incumbent upon us to remain vigilant and organized against such brash provocations.