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SOAD Announce Benefit Show!
Misc. News - Posted by ives - March 5, 2004 - Comments(35)
SYSTEM OF A DOWN will headline "Souls, 2004", a very special benefit concert to be held in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 24 at the Greek Theatre.
Proceeds from "Souls, 2004" will benefit organizations that work to eradicate the atrocities of all genocides across the globe, including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), an organization that supports legislation in the U.S. Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide that was perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire during World War 1. During this first genocide of the 20th century, 1.5 million Armenians were annihilated and hundreds of thousands deported from their ancient homeland. April 24 was chosen as the date for the concert as this year, it commemorates the 89th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Despite a February 2000 campaign promise by then-candidate George W. Bush to recognize the Armenian Genocide, he and his administration have instead opposed the measure and are seeking to block its adoption solely on the grounds that it specifically references the Armenian Genocide. Stated SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian, "The United States' omission of the Armenian Genocide from its history books can only be based on strategic geo-political and financial interests in the Middle East. We will not omit our mission to bring about exposure, education and recognition for events that we have been told to forget. read the rest here [http://www.roadrun.com/blabbermouth....sitemID=19973].
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