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12/30/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Iran’s Armenian community has expressed frustration at the decision of Tehran’s Ararat Club to cancel an annual Christmas market to greet the New Year. The market is traditionally attended by Armenian and non-Armenian vendors and customers.

The market was supposed to have been held on Christmas Eve. The Armenian community have been vocal in saying that the cancelation of the market is a violation of the citizenship charter, a reference that Iran’s constitution technically protects Armenian Christians. In practice, however, this is not the case.

The Armenian community expressed how this market was supposed to be revenue generating at a time when the economy is significantly struggling. The market would have provided an income to both Christian and non-Christian vendors. There is no compensation for those who lost anticipated revenue that would have been generated from the market.

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