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YEREVAN. – The Armenian Genocide Memorial, in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, is from now on a shrine.

Chief of Police Vladimir Gasparyan, who on Saturday visited the memorial together with several fellow police officers, stated the aforesaid speaking with some reporters.

“What occurred these days showed that the concept of genocide changed,” Gasparyan noted. “From now on, we will come to this memorial to pray, not to lament, because 1.5 million [Armenian] martyrs [of the genocide] were canonized [on Thursday]; they became saints, and we [i.e. Armenians] now have a great heavenly army, which are our patrons.”

In the police chief’s words, the Armenians will now come to the Genocide Memorial to receive the power of these martyrs.

“I believe we, too, changed on the inside; we will feel the power of the canonization in a very short time,” Vladimir Gasparyan concluded.

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