BOSTON, Mass. (A.W.)—Around 100 protesters assembled at the Boston Common on Sept. 17, to protest the extradition of Ramil Safarov, the Azerbaijani axe murderer, from Hungary, and his subsequent pardon by Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev.
Protesters standing opposite the Massachusetts State House, waived the Armenian flag, and held signs condemning Azerbaijan and Hungary. One protester’s sign read, “Axe murderer on the loose… Thank Hungary for your safety concern.” Another held a poster with the words, “We are all Gurgen!” One woman held a small sign, “Humanity over politics.”
“Baku honors murderers!” and “Hungary has blood on its hands!” chanted the protesters.
“We are here today as Armenian-Americans to show the world our Nation is united under our tri-color flag… We ask Hungary to stand by our side in this crucial time and recognize Artsakh as a sovereign nation, and wipe its hands clean of the smeared blood,” said Antranig Avedissian, chairman of the AYF-YOARF Greater Boston “Nejdeh” chapter, through a megaphone.
“We stand united with Armenians from all over the world, for Gurgen Margaryan,” he continued. “Today, I am Gurgen Margaryan; and today we are all Gurgen Margaryan.”
“This is wrong! How can you kill a person and return to your country as a hero! This is a big slap in the face of Armenia,” Lilith Kibarian, treasurer of the AGBU Young Professionals steering committee and one of the organizers of the protest, told the Armenian Weekly.