System of a Down members have shared their reactions to Joe Biden becoming the first U.S. president to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide.
In a statement Saturday, Armenian Remembrance Day, President Biden said, “The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.”
In an Instagram post, frontman Serj Tankian wrote, “Thank you to President Joe Biden for properly recognizing the #ArmenianGenocide.”
“This is extremely important but only a milestone towards the long road of justice ahead with Turkey and its imminent need to do the same and make amends towards the descendants of 1.5 Million Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians systematically slaughtered by its Ottoman Turkish ancestors,” Tankian continued. “Today, I will say thank you to the U.S. and all those who have fought hard for this statement over the years.”
Drummer John Dolmayan, who’s been a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, also expressed his gratitude to Biden in his own Instagram post.
“I would like to thank President @joebiden for recognizing officially that the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) happened and that this crime against humanity emboldened Hitler and many other genocidal dictators throughout the last century,” Dolmayan wrote. “I will forever be grateful to this administration as an Armenian and as a proud American.”
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