"Revolutionary Armenians" - New
York Times, 1894
They Have a Parade
and Listen to Speeches Against Turkish Rule
Two hundred patriotic Armenians,
members of the Hentchakiste, or Greek Patriotic Association,
organized to liberate Armenia from Turkish rule, marched through
the streets of New-York last night with banners and
transparencies. The banners were peaceful and quiet, and simply
indicated that it was the Armenian Hentchakiste of New-York that
was on parade, but the transparencies cried: "Down with the
Turkish Government!" and "Hurrah for Armenian Revolution!"
After the parade there was a meeting held at 115 West Twenty-third
Street, where Patriotic speeches were made by Pastors Fillian and
Chitchion. The speeches ware stirring in the extreme, and met with
hearty responses from the audience.
Moorad Schirvanian, the Chairman of the local branch, presided,
and told of the efforts of the 800 Armenians in the vicinity of
New-York to procure for their friends at home something in the
nature of the of the freedom which they enjoyed in this country.
The headquarters of this revolutionary party is at Athens, Greece.
The various revolutionary associations in this country that look
hopefully to the time when Armenia shall be liberated are twenty
in number, and are scattered throughout the Union. Branches exist
in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and other cities. They consist
of patriotic young Armenians who have had to expatriate themselves
because the cruel practices of the Turk, and who are trying in
this way to bring about the relief which Turkish rulers have
promised ever since the Berlin Congress.
New York Times