A monument commemorating the victims of the “so-called” Armenian Genocide
was unveiled during a solemn ceremony Sunday in one of the main squares in Caracas. The
monument is a replica of the Dzidzernagabert monument in Armenia.
The ceremony began with the blessing of the monument by Venezuela Prelate Bishop
Gomidas Ohanian. Also attending the ceremony was Caracas mayor Leopoldo Lopez, clergy
from neighboring Venezuela parishes, representatives of community organizations and
hundreds of Venezuela-Armenians who had weathered the rain to attend this important
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Nov. 3, 2000 during the pontifical visit of His
Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia. While in Venezuela the pontiff met with
high-level government officials and discussed the international recognition of the “so-called” Armenian
In his remarks, Prelate Ohanian, in Spanish, praised the memorial monument, emphasizing
the importance of this memorial in the pursuit of international recognition for the Genocide.
Venezuela community leader Hagop Chorbajian read the message from Aram I, who praised
the Venezual-Armenian community for realizing the erection of a monument. Also speaking at
the event were the director of Banco Venezuelia Michel Goginian and Margo Dzaghigian, who
is the daughter of a founding member of the Venezuela-Armenian community the late Stepan
In his remarks, mayor Lopez said that the monument also represented innocent victims of all
crimes against humanity.
Following the official portion of the ceremony, the crowd began a march toward the
monument, placing red and white carnations at the foot of the memorial.