Armenia, and Armenians world-wide, are today marking Armenian Genocide Day.
The country's political and religious leadership this morning visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial to pay their respects to the victims of the atrocities committed in Anatolia at the beginning of the 20th century which resulted in the deaths of large numbers of Armenians who were then living in the Ottoman Empire
The ceremony is taking place in a rainy Yerevan, in a somewhat different form than usual because of coronavirus. Normally on such occasions the officials will gather together for the ceremony, but this year each arrived separately.
Accompanied by live piano accompaniment, they laid wreaths at the memorial and then red roses at the eternal fire.
Armenia's Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan issued a special message to mark the occasion.
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photo: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, accompapanied by his wife Anna Hakobyan, at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial on 24 April 2020.
Specialists at the University of Sheffield in the UK estimate that the blast had about one tenth of the explosive power of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War Two and was "unquestionably one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history".