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School principals of all the Armenian villages and the city of Akhaltsikhe (a town in southern Georgia, the administrative center of the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti) were forbidden to take part and let students go to ceremonies in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
On April 23, employees of the educational system were invited to the Resource Centre of Akhaltsikhe, where they were strictly warned to avoid on account of lessons to participate in the ceremonies in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, in which they freely participated each year.
A few days before the teachers of the public school after Hovhannes Tumanyan in Akhaltsikhe, with consent of the school principal appealed to the mayor’s office of Akhaltsikhe to allow them this year, as every year, to take part in commemorative events dedicated to the Armenian Genocide.
According to the member of the Republican faction of the National Assembly of Armenia, President of the Javakhk Patriotic Union Shirak Torosyan, this is an exceptional case in the history of Georgia, when the Armenians in Akhaltsikhe are forbidden to participate in the events to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. “It is a sad case, and things like that should be eliminated,” said Torosyan.
Answering the question about what Armenia should do to prevent such moves, Shirak Torosyan said: “We have to strengthen public policies in protecting the rights of Armenians in Georgia and especially the Armenians of Javakheti. Secondly, we have to provide more substantial assistance to Armenians of Javakheti, to enable them to overcome obstacles.”