Hundreds of protesters waving Armenian and American flags gathered outside the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne on Thursday, urging Elon Musk to skip launching a satellite they deem it to aid war crimes.
Protest organizer Fred Tatlyan said: “SpaceX is about to launch a satellite for Turkey with the most advanced technology that could be used in wartime for greater accuracy, for specific types of attacks. than”.
Protesters said they were urging Musk, CEO of Tesla and space exploration company SpaceX, to stop launching communications satellites in November for the Turkish government, which is currently assisting. Azerbaijan allied in the war against Armenia over the autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh.
“I̵7;ve always admired Elon Musk. So I’m not here to hit him. But I hope his spirits will flourish and he’s on the right side of history right now, ”Tatlyan said.
Armenian Americans say this technological tool will give Turkey, and then Azerbaijan, an unfair advantage over Armenia while countries are at war and the people of Nagorno-Karabakh face off. with heavy artillery, rockets and drones.
“If SpaceX launched this satellite into space, it would provide Turkey with the power and the ability to kill people without being checked or stopped by anyone else,” protester Harry Barsegyan said.
On Wednesday, an Azerbaijani missile hit a maternity hospital in the disputed border area, an attack in which the center’s chief doctor was accused of being “inhumane”, according to the AP news agency.
The AP reported that longer than a month of fighting has raised concerns about a broader conflict involving Turkey, which is backing Azerbaijan and Russia, which have a security treaty with Armenia. , AP reported.
Genocide Watch issued an Emergency Warning on Genocide “due to Azerbaijan’s invasion against the Artsakh Republic of Armenia” over the deadly dispute that began on September 27th. decades old have sparked painful memories of the Armenian genocide of 1915, which Turkey still denies.
KTLA reached out to SpaceX for comment and received no response Thursday afternoon.