All Armenian Students Organization silent protest to raise awareness for history of their people

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Political Science Major Alyssa M Dermenjian (right) sits infont of the Oviatt Library at noon on Feb 9. to raise awarness on Armenian History Alejandro Aranda/ Sundial Photo credit: Alejandro Aranda

The All Armenian Students Organization protested outside the Oviatt Library Thursday to educate students about the history of the Armenian Genocide.

Red tape was placed over their mouths with word “denial” as they sat holding signs and flags.

Biayna Ayvazian, president of the All Armenian Students Organization, said the protest is to raise awareness of the injustices that have taken place against the Armenian people. The 24-year-old graduate student said the tape over protestors’ mouths represents a metaphor for the culture being silenced.

“The protest is for the recognition of the Armenian people,” Ayvazian said. “So far we have 10 people out here, but we anticipate 40 to 50 students.”

Not only did this protest take place at CSUN, but at other schools within Los Angeles county and throughout the state as well. Some of the schools having the silent protest include UCLA, USC, UCSB, UC Berkeley and even Glendale Community College. According to Ayvazian, there are also universities on the east coast that participated.

In addition, the protest is about other races and cultures that have gone through similar injustices, according to Ayvazian.

“We put together a protest to commemorate the Armenian Genocide,” Shushan Kapaktchian, vice president of the All Armenian Students Organizations, said. “We want to educate people so that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again in the future.”

According to Kapaktchian, the protest also encourages people to ask questions. The silence of the students with tape over their mouths make students want to stop and ask what is going on.

Last year, the protest drew in 60 participants. The year before, about 80 people attended.