Komitas Statue in Paris Defaced

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PARIS (PanArmenian.net) — A monument to the great Armenian composer Komitas was desecrated in Paris, it was reported on August 30.

“Vandalism during a pandemic. On the monument to Komitas, personifying the Armenian Genocide, it is written: ‘It is false,’” a Facebook user wrote.

Designed by Armenian architect and artist David Yerevantsi, the monument was inaugurated on April 24, 2003, while the small park nearby was renamed Yerevan Garden in 2009.

The inscription on the monument reads: “An homage to composer, musicologist Komitas and the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.”

The Armenian Embassy in France issued a statement condemning the desecration.

“The Embassy of Armenia strongly condemns the desecration of the statue of Komitas in Paris which is a manifestation of denialism, of a monument dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims, as well as Armenians fallen for France,” the statement says.

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