Memorial Candle Lighting in Yerevan in memory of victims of Orlando terror attack.

Several LGBTI community representatives, members of institutions dealing with protection of LGBTI rights and other mourners gathered at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan on June 13 to remember and show solidarity with the victims of the June 12 mass shooting in a gay club in Orlando.

On the Facebook page created for that event it is mentioned,- “We condemned the hate crime committed at nightclub, as well as express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

We condemn hate speech, which rises after incidents like this online in support of the terrorist and other acts of terror. We call on our fellow Armenian friends and citizens to respect the innocent victims, and not to defend terrorism and terrorist act”.

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills also took part in remembrance and solidarity event;

“As Americans move forward in sorrow, we will draw inspiration from our friends, here in Armenia and around the world, whose expressions of support remind us that in the face of hate and violence not to give into fear but stand united in defense of the values we all share,” said U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., in the post.

“The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan expresses its deep thanks to those Armenians and Americans who have brought flowers to the Embassy as a sign of sorrow and solidarity following the mass shooting in Orlando. Such a barbaric act of terror and hate targets not just one bar, one state, or one country, but all those, anywhere in the world, who believe in freedom and equality. “As Americans move forward in sorrow, we will draw inspiration from our friends, here in Armenia and around the world, whose expressions of support remind us that in the face of hate and violence not to give into fear but stand united in defense of the values we all share,” said U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., who, joined by representatives from PINK Armenia NGO, laid the collected flowers at the base of the Embassy’s flag, flying at half-staff to mark the tragedy.”, it’s mentioned in the statement on Facebook page of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan.

The photo is from the Facebook page of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan.