During a recent walk through Beverly Hills, I came upon a demonstration staged by Armenian locals. The protest was in front of the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Wilshire Blvd. About 300 people were there, and a lot of young people. The protesters loudly chanted against Turkey’s intervention in the armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The dispute is over Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), a landlocked region and an unrecognized republic in the South Caucasus (red color on the map). Armenia considers Nagorno-Karabakh to be part of their country while Azerbaijan insists that it belongs to them. Each side has its own arguments and historical proofs.
According to several media outlets, the first missile strike on civilians was initiated by the Azerbaijani government. It happened in the morning of September 27, 2020. Armenia made a retaliatory strike. Heavy fighting continues to this day. Civilians have been dying, including children. The fire does not stop for a minute. Many people had to leave their homes. And those who can’t leave are hiding in basements.