‘Water Us and We Will Sprout and Grow’

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The Diaspora stands in solidarity with its brethren in the homeland (Photo  by Zareh Safaryan and graphic by Rupen Janbazian)

The Diaspora stands in solidarity with its brethren in the homeland (Photo by Zareh Safaryan and graphic by Rupen Janbazian)

BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN

“Water us and we will sprout and grow.” This seems to be the sentiment on the streets of Yerevan. The dramatic energy that has electrified our nation’s capital for the last 48 hours is being advanced through the determination of Armenia’s youth to counter the government’s ongoing efforts to force the people of Armenia to bear the brunt of systemic corruption and illegal governance.

This spontaneous and popular civic resistance must be welcomed by ALL Armenians, because it is emblematic of a new generation, which aspires toward a better future for itself and the Armenian nation in general.

The “No to Plunder” movement, which grew from a unilateral decision to raise energy prices and yet again burden the financially-strapped population, is a clear indication that the people of Armenia will not sit idly by as others, who have demonstrated reckless disregard toward the populace through their governance, shove another rate hike down the throats of the people, when it is apparent that the underlying reason for the electricity rate hike was mismanagement and corruption by the Armenian Public Services Regulatory Commission, which is accountable to Electricity Networks of Armenia—a Russian monopoly.

The use of brute force by Armenia’s police, which deployed water cannons to disperse protesters from Baghramyan Avenue early Tuesday morning, has not deterred the public, who has returned to the site of the protests on Tuesday evening in larger numbers and is continuing their demand for justice—social justice—in the wake of government indifference and police brutality.

The organizers of the effort must be commended for their resolve to advance the cause and their determination to not instigate discord with law enforcement and maintain civic order. The police seem to have gotten the message. On Tuesday evening, Deputy Police Commissioner Valeri Osipyan told protesters that they were not planning to retaliate, as long as the protest was peaceful. The government also met the protesters’ demands and released all those arrested Tuesday morning, with the police keeping a wider distance from the crowd, which has buffered itself by building a barricade using street trash bins.

The fact that the actions of the protesters are being put to a vote by participants shows the organizers’ maturity and their understanding of democratic principles, deterring those who are using this movement to advance their own personal or political interests.

As the dramatic developments continue to unfold on the streets of Yerevan, the Diaspora stands in solidarity with this movement and those who are advancing the cause of justice and democracy in the homeland. All Diaspora-Armenians who are currently in must take ownership of the developments in the homeland and must join the movement on Baghramyan Avenue.

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9 Comments

  1. Mkhitar Yepremyan said:

    Serzh Sarkissia, Rober Kocharian and the evil and foreign agent Levon Ter Petrossian must all leave Armenian. We are the owners of our lands and NO TO TALANCHIS.
    We are the owners of Armenia, our beloved homeland. No one can force us to leave Armenia. Enough of the foreigners to destabilize our homeland and chase away our people. Armenians have nothing to do in Diaspora. Depi Yerkir, Depi Yerkir.
    Serz, Robert, Levon and their stooges and all talanchis who have plundered Armenia’s National wealth must leave their stolen monies and leave Armenia for good. Enough is Enough! We need a patriotic leadership but not these foreign servants.

  2. Kiso said:

    This looks like a well planned provocation and the opposition is sure taking the opportunity to escalate the situation. They are trying to turn Armenia into another Maidan just like in Ukraine. If Armenians are smart, they will never let that happen, if they are dumb, then let the country crumble and end up in further misery. Raffi surely doesn’t care about Armenians as he’s a 100% agent of the west and there’s no doubt about it. He’s no different than the current Armenian government, just on the opposite spectrum. When you see such slogans appear, then that just shows you how well orchestrated the situation is from the opposition. In this situation, the younger generation is the one who will screw their own country themselves. If that’s what they want, then so be it. I sure live in the US and my life won’t be altered by it, it’s them who will bear the consequences of what happened in Ukraine. If Armenian government was smart enough, they would have handled this situation differently although I don’t agree either how the protest took place in one of the busiest streets of Yerevan. There’s other less heavy streets to block.

  3. Mkhitar Yepremyan said:

    Serz Sarkissian bears the sole responsibility for this fiasco in our homeland. His time has come for Serzh Sarkissian to resign. Bring someone from Aparan and he/she can lead our nation better than this confused and Talanchi, so called leader! Levon Ter Petrosian had destroyed the industrial infrastructure of Armenia and Robert Kocharian and Serz Sarkissian have looted our beloved nation.
    Our nation deserves to have someone who is patriotic, courageous and with a vision for the future of Armenia.

  4. Robert Davidian said:

    Thank you, Ara, for writing this welcomed piece that states the reality of life in Armenia without hesitation or horribly counter-productive fear of “showing our dirty laundry”.

    I believe that you have advanced the people’s fight against systemic illegitimate-government thievery and corruption to a victorious point of no return! The mafia criminal thugs who hijacked the Armenian government for far too long (with diaspora complicity by LEGITIMIZING them) have made a final fatal chess move and there’s NO WAY OUT! EVERY WALL PROTECTING THEM WILL CRUMBLE VERY FAST!!!

    NO ONE SHOULD WAIT and watch. EVERYONE SHOULD SIT WITH THE PEOPLE, CRITICIZE THE CRIMINALS and watch…!

  5. Sylva~MD~Poetry said:

    All Armenians should Unify Against Their Tyrant state

    All Diasporan Armenians should unite against… 
such ugly, selfish tyrants. 
We should rule them… 
They shall never rule our honest, dedicated race.
Their populace had enough from tyrants …
    
We are more numbered than them 
and more powerful 
We know what it means to live freedom-less
We must teach them…
    What means the real democratic state…
No one should chain any human …
    They must live free … on this earth …
Their fat necks are in our hands
We must squeeze that fatness…
    Till we see their cyanotic blood on our arms!
    Let them taste …
    What we can do with our willfulness 
We must act very fast …
No delay …The time is passing…like rockets
    We no longer want our honest people to suffer…
They suffered for endless decades…
We shout ragefully to say …
“Enough is Enough”… 

    (C) DR. SYLVA PORTOIAN
    June 23, 2015

  6. Sylva~MD~Poetry said:

    All Armenians should Unify Against Their Tyrant state

    All Diasporan Armenians should unite against… 
such ugly, selfish tyrants.
    
We should rule them… 

    They shall never rule our honest, dedicated race.

    Their populace had enough from tyrants …
    
We are more numbered than them 
and more powerful
    
We know what it means to live freedom-less
    
We must teach them…
    What means the real democratic state…
    
No one should chain any spirit …
    They must live free … on this earth …
    
Their fat necks are in our hands

    We must squeeze that fatness…
    Till we see their cyanotic blood on our arms!
    Let them taste …
    What we can do with our willfulness
    
We must act very fast …
No delay …
    The time is passing…like rockets
    We no longer want our honest people to suffer…

    They suffered for endless decades…

    We shout ragefully to say …

    “Enough is Enough”…

    (C) DR. SYLVA PORTOIAN
    June 23, 2015

  7. GB said:

    Absent of Parliamentarian rule of law will create more unhappiness in Armenia. Presidential power must have some limitation and, should remain as ceremonial symbol in Armenia. This is the only way that systematic corruption can be reduced, where people can have direct control over parliament, and prosecute those MP’s or government official, who abuse their power.

  8. Anton said:

    No democratic country needs a water cannon in their arsenal. They are designed to disperse and destroy the seeds and seedlings of Armenian youth from ever sprouting to fruition. You know, avarice, greed, and corruption in our government, at worst, must have limitations. My message to our president is: Take those water cannons and order them to irrigate the fallow fields that are thirsting for water.

  9. gabe korajian said:

    Bravo Ara. This is one of the best articles I have read in a long time. The time has come for a change in Armenia. The only way this can happen is through youth consciousness and the rejection of the current ruling corrupt government. Time has come for diaspora organizations to unconditionally support justice and good governance movements in Armenia. As Armenians, we are always cautious to criticize what is Armenian. This has to stop. Criticizing the government is not synonymous with unpatriotic sentiments towards our country. In fact, this is exactly what kind of false half-truths that Sargyssyan’s government wants to propagate. We should no longer buy their manipulation and work towards creating a just government for Armenians. All the power to you young Armenians! You are brave by standing against the corrupt Thug-ocractic government of Armenia by openly declaring “Enough is Enough!”

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