Armenians rally against poverty

Nagaland Post, India
Oct 11 2014

Armenians rally against poverty

Over 10,000 opposition supporters rallied on Friday in the Armenian
capital demanding a change in government and accusing the present
rulers of failing to stem poverty and corruption in the landlocked
country.

“The time has come to get rid of our criminal and corrupt government,”
Armenia’s former president and leader of the opposition Armenian
National Congress party, Levon Ter-Petrosian, told the rally. “We need
snap parliamentary and presidential polls.”

Large crowds filled Yerevan’s central Freedom Square at the call of
three main opposition parties, Prosperous Armenia, Heritage, and the
Armenian National Congress, to protest against rising prices and
widespread corruption.

Demanding President Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation, protesters chanted
“Serzh go!”

Friday’s rally coincided with the signature of a landmark agreement
that saw Armenia joining a Russian-led economic bloc – the Eurasian
Economic Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan – and turning its
back on closer ties with the European Union (EU).

Sarkisian inked the agreement at a meeting of heads of state in the
Belarusian capital Minsk.

An impoverished country of 3.2 million, Armenia was badly affected by
the global downturn. The former Soviet state is economically isolated
with its borders to Turkey and Azerbaijan both blocked due to ongoing
international disputes.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“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