|Washington, DC- Rep. James McGovern (D-MA-3), in protest over the expulsion of humanitarian aide missions from Darfur, today was arrested at the Embassy of Sudan, reported the Armenian National Committee of Central Massachusetts.
In 2006, Rep. McGovern, following a similar act of civil disobedience, noted that "Words are no longer enough. It is time for action. This is the first genocide of the 21st century. The world has said, 'Never again.' Those words must mean something." Rep. McGovern, along with at least four other representatives, were arrested after crossing police lines.
The Armenian National Committee of Central Massachusetts (ANC CM) fully supports Rep. McGovern’s principled actions to draw attention to the continuing genocide in Darfur. George Aghjayan, chairman of the ANCCM, stated, “Congressman McGovern consistently and persistently fights for human rights and its place in U.S. foreign policy. We are proud and thankful to have him represent our district.”
The ANC CM met with Rep. McGovern on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, accompanied by Armenian Genocide survivor Mrs. Alice Khachadoorian Shnorhokian. Last week, Rep. McGovern sent a personal appeal to President Barack Obama urging the proper recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the White House. In his powerful remarks, he commented “When is the right time? When the last survivor, the last witness, is no longer with us?”
Photo Caption: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-3) with Armenian Genocide survivor Alice Khachadoorian Shnorhokian in Washington, DC.