Raffi Hovhannisyan: "Our Country Is Poisoned, It’s Time To Correct A

RAFFI HOVHANNISYAN: “OUR COUNTRY IS POISONED, IT’S TIME TO CORRECT ALL OF THIS”

2012-12-25 14:00:19

Raffi Hovhannisyan’s about citizen’s power and nature protection.

By now it is clear that the rise of big mining in Armenia has been not
a project of the national interest but a privilege of the chosen few,
who have amassed fantastic fortunes while our country descends into
poverty and despair.

In recent years we have witnessed grave violations under the guise
of eminent domain, the destruction of historical monuments, and the
obliteration of vast, prospering ecosystems. In place of lush forests,
lakes of hazardous toxic waste cover Armenia. Our homeland is being
poisoned.

The time for change has come. Today we must stand together to demand:

1 The reevaluation of all mining licenses in Armenia-including the
license issued to the open mine at Teghut, the great forest of the
Lori region;

2 The suspension of all pending licenses, in anticipation of a
comprehensive and multi-faceted parliamentary investigation into the
legality and transparency of the licensing process; and

3 The redrafting of the environmental code and the tax code to ensure
that, in the future, national resources are extracted only with due
regard for the environment and to the benefit of the entire Armenian
people.

We the people wholeheartedly support Armenia’s economic development,
but that will happen in earnest only when rights rule, the environment
commands respect, and the rank-and-file citizen rises to become master
of his homeland.

Raffi K. Hovannisian

Citizen, Republic of Armenia

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

http://lurer.com/?p=64647&l=en

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS