ARF’s May 1 Message Rallies Voters

ARF candidate Vahan Hovannesian during Tuesday's rally

YEREVAN (Yerkir)—With five days left to the parliamentary elections in Armenia, Armenian Revolutionary Federation candidates used the May 1 international Labor day holiday to drive home the message that that, as citizens, Armenians have the right to create their own future and decide their own fate.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Hrazdan, the chairman of the ARF’s parliamentary bloc Vahan Hovannesian said that May 1 will become a holiday again, because the citizens will take matters into their own hands at the polling booths on Sunday.

He argued that as a result of the current regime in Armenia, the labor force has diminished and “bunch of people” have taken all advantages away from that force.

Hovannesian added that “each individual is not a resident, but a citizen. And citizens are the own everything.”

“We demand three simple things: Freedom, Justice and Dashnaktsutiune,” said Hovannesian, explaining “freedom and justice have been stolen from us. There is not justice in city hall, in the regional bodies, in government or in the judicial system.

He added that the government does not have the ability to properly govern and is shamefully seeking to reclaim its positions.

Hovanessian urged the participants of the rally to make their choices freely.

“Don’t forget, you are a free people. You have never been slaves nor will you ever be. We will not allow that. We are seeing that people are slowly rising up,” said Hovannesian, who urged all to take part in the elections on May 6 and vote.

Another ARF candidate Lilit Galstyan told the Hrazdan rally that on May 6 “together we will vote YES for a new Armenia.”

She said that if the current regime continues to stay in power, the depletion of Armenia’s population will continue.

“We do not want to live in an Armenia where are rights have been trampled upon, they have turned us into slaves. We are convinced that we have the right to live a life of freedom, justice and dignity,” said Galstyan.

Echoing his colleagues, ARF Supreme Council of Armenia representative Armen Rustamian also used the May 1 holiday to reinvigorate the voter base, and emphasize the imperative for regime change in Armenia.

Rustmaian argued that under the current regime, poverty and unemployment have skyrocketed and it is the voters’ right and responsibility to alter that to ensure future May 1 celebrations.


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  1. Haik Azad said:

    Sireli compatriots,we,the political leaders of our socialist party,having chosen to live and make our money in the bloody capitalist west,are calling for socialism and revolution,as we think that a century of revolutions and fight for socialism was not enough to wipe out Armenia from the map of the world.In this glorious fight for `socialism` we lost two thirds of our historical homeland,a million and a half of our population,but this is not so important-we shall continue the fight until no single armenian is left in Armenia-the important thing is socialism and we are ready to sacrifice all our countrymen and all our lands for our loony left `ideas`.Thank god there are enough dupes to believe us and help us achieving that goal,so splendidly achieved by the greatest socialists of our time-our brothers in arms Fidel Castro,Great Ugo Chavez,our north Korean cronies and all allahtan socialists all over the loony left bin.We shall beat all bloody capitalists in the coming elections,then we shall beat them literally then we shall expropriate all their wealth,spending it on eating ,drinking and hanky panky and then comes our greatest day of all-the 7th of November when we shall stage another pogrom,pardon,socialist revolution for the benefit of all helkebagas tsntadz haidaragner.Now,where is my wine,you bloody faggots,who stole my cup,aaah,as soon as I sober up,I`m gonna find my Kalashnikov and show ya all,you bloody ungrateful thieves!!!Long live da Revalution and our own personal bigger than life ego.Vonts ek????

    • bigmoustache said:

      someone should ‘operation nemesis’ this turk. fck off and take your propaganda elsewhere. baseless accusations with no facts to back them up and the ARF has a 120+ year history in the armenian community that you can go look up.
      only a turk would blame the genocide on armenians

  2. Zohrab said:

    esd yerevouytine Haik Azadin Jamatsouytse 1960-en ever getsadz eh, havanapar norokoutyan ge garodi.