Yerevan ARF Condemns Violence Against Council Members

Yervan Mayor Taron Margaryan with Yerkir Tsirani members ahead of the brutal attack last week
Yervan Mayor Taron Margaryan with Yerkir Tsirani members ahead of the brutal attack on Tuesday

Yervan Mayor Taron Margaryan with Yerkir Tsirani members ahead of the brutal attack on Tuesday

‘What We Witnessed, Defied All Human Rights and Norms and Cannot Be Justified’
YEREVAN (Armenian Weekly)—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Yerevan Central Committee on Wednesday has strongly condemned the violence against two members of Yerevan City Council, which took place at a council session a day earlier.

Two female members of the Yerkir Tsirani party were physically attacked and assaulted by members of the Republican Party of Armenia after they brought putrid sewage samples as a “gift” for the Yerevan Mayor during yesterday’s council session.

In a statement released on Feb. 14, the ARF of Yerevan said that while some may disagree with the methods of the Yerkir Tsirani party, the behavior and actions of the majority of the city council is completely unacceptable. “What we witnessed, defied all human rights and norms and cannot be justified,” a part of the statement read.

According to the ARF of Yerevan, the city council’s indifference to the several problems that exist in Yerevan unacceptable, “especially after citizens have raised these issues many times and no visible steps have been taken to resolve them… The fact that the city administration has several problems is not really news to anyone.”

“There are, however, more acceptable options for raising issues, and we believe these options are not yet exhausted,” the statement went on.

The ARF of Yerevan then called for “civilized solutions” to the problems at hand, without overlooking the institution of the city’s highest body. “We will closely follow the steps taken by the municipality to solve the issues raised by our citizens,” the statement read.

The statement also called for the steps for solving the several problems in the city to be properly publicized by the council, so that all the city’s institutions can have their say in the process and so the citizens are aware that work is being done.

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  1. D2 said:

    ONCE AGAIN THE CURRENT REGIME DEMONSTRATE NO CHANGE IN THEIR ATTITUDE AND METHOD OF THE RULE OF LAW. THIS IS THE THE METHOD THEY HAVE KNOWN AND IMPLEMENTED AND THE SAME METHODS WILL CONTINUE NO MATTER WEATHER IT’S MAYOR OF YEREVAN, PRIME MINISTER OR PRESIDENT. METHOD OF RULE OF LAW HAS TO BE THE GOVERNING FACTOR NOT BY METHOD OF CHANGING NAMES AND POSITION.

    HONEST AND FAIR RULE FOR THE COUNTRY, PREVIOUS REGIME METHODS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE ANY LONGER. THE TWO SARKISSIANS, THE REGIME HAVE TO DIGEST THIS METHODS BEFORE APRIL 2018.

  2. ritooli said:

    Sorry, but you are not going to fool people by this sort of phony, half hearted condemnations. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Truth is that you are directly responsible for all this. This is the same ARF that pushed for constitutional amendments which paved the way for Serjik to become Armenia’s Aleyiv. This is the same ARF that endorsed Taron Markaryan in the last elections. This is the same ARF that is a coalition partner with HHK Thugs.
    Same goes for all those organizations, both in Armenia and diaspora, who turn a blind eye on these sort of things. Where are the ones who send me emails asking me to call my representative in IL to condemn Erdogan? Or maybe violence is only bad when it is done by Turkish thugs in Washington? Maybe these women are not human enough to deserve your condemnation?

  3. garo said:

    The ARF has been in collaboration with this same government for years. whilst they steal the countries wealth

  4. Antranik Soultanian said:

    Condemning strongly is not enough. They should be asking for at least four of those violent pigs to be removed from their jobs for starters. As for Mayor Margaryan he needs to do the decent thing and resign. His father must be turning in his grave. As for those young ladies I say well done. It was little bit unconventional but it worked. hopefully there will be more people voting for them. As an lifelong ARF sympathiser I found myself saying WELL DONE YERKIR TSIRANI. I rest my case.

  5. amb said:

    There is no place for assault or violence in public or private discourse, but go disrupt a city council meeting where you live and see what happens to you. Don’t blow this out of proportion. Doesn’t this sort of thing happen in other countries all the time, and people don’t take it as total proof of total illegitimacy of country’s political leadership and political system. Not that the political system or leaders in Armenia are perfect and not to justify the incompetence and corruption that exists in Armenia, but where in the world is the political system and politicians perfect? But most of all, don’t blow this out of proportion.

  6. herayerr said:

    keep your hands off our brave women you fools fix the filth in our neigborhoods

  7. Serop said:

    ARF has joined the ranks of the corrupt elite in Armenia
    I am embarrassed to be part of ARF, these thugs & criminals that are called ruling parties in Armenia are worst enemies that the Turks
    They work from the inside destroying, stealing and forcing hundreads & thousands to flee Armenia while their children buy properties in USA & Europe and kill people when provoked
    What does ARF stand for? Surley not ANOTHER RANSACKING FATHERLAND
    Its stands for Armenian Revolutionary Federation, and if the real ARF does not take action, then we are doomed

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