Pro-Armenia demonstrations across Los Angeles

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Protesters waving flags of Armenia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh during a rally near the Turkish consulate in Beverly Hills on October 11, 2020. Photo By Benjamin Gottlieb.

For weeks, pro-Armenia demonstrators have donated their money, packed church parking lots, and shut down traffic on city streets across Los Angeles County in protest of the ongoing, violent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region in the Caucasus mountains.  The fighting pits Armenia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh against the government of Azerbaijan, which claims the territory for its own and points to several United Nations resolutions as justification for current hostilities. The conflict, which has simmered just above the surface since the mid-1990s, erupted in recent months to levels not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union. Both sides in recent days have agreed to a ceasefire, but it appears to be fraying. In the meantime, Armenian-Americans across LA continue to protest.