System Of A Down to launch political campaign

The band want the US to recognise Armenian genocide

System Of A Down are set to launch a three-day campaign in Washington DC for the recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Singer Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan will kick off the campaign on April 24. Their aims are to urge Speaker Of The House Dennis Hastert and other Congressional leaders to acknowledge the historical event in which Turkey allegedly slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923.

At 5pm the band members will join the Armenian National Committee Of America and Armenian Youth Federation in leading their demonstration outside the gates of the Turkish Embassy.


The following day, Tankian and Dolmayan will give interviews to the political media in Washington before hosting a congressional screening of ‘Screamers’, a new documentary by filmmaker Carla Garapedian which focuses on System Of A Down’s global campaign for the recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Key members of Congress will meet with the band on the Wednesday (April 26) as the musicians urge them to allow a vote on legislation recognising the genocide.

At 5.30pm, Tankian and Dolmayan will take part in the eleventh annual Capitol Hill commemoration of the historical event.

Before the three-day campaign in Washington DC, System Of A Down will perform at their yearly ‘Souls’ benefit concert in Los Angeles on April 23.

Taking place at the city’s Greek Theatre, this year’s concert will be raising awareness for an Armenian Genocide Resolution.