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ARMENIAN GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE DAY is marked annually on April 24 (the first group of Armenian intellectuals were arrested and exiled by Turkish authorities in Constantinople on April 24, 1915). Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is always marked in all the Armenian communities. In Soviet Armenia this day was marked for the first time on April 24, 1965 on the 50th anniversary of the tragic events. There were thousands of demonstrations in Yerevan to protest against the atrocities of the ruling circles of Turkey and for the restoration of historical justice. The demonstration, which was attended mostly by students ended at the grave of Komitas. On the same day there was a meeting in Yerevan dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, which was attended by the general public, government officials and clergy, so in Soviet Armenia the Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide was first marked. Then, the Armenian government decided to build a memorial monument dedicated to the Armenian Genocide victims. There is national memorial procession in Yerevan every year on April 24 on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. On 22 November, 1986 the Supreme Council of the Armenian SSR passed a law condemning the Armenian Genocide and April 24 was declared Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day and is considered to be a non-working day. 

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