Maidan will not happen in Yerevan tomorrow
21.03.2014
13:00
The rally organized by “D!em Em” Initiative on March 22 will include speeches by members of 'D!em Em' Initiative as well as speeches by representatives from 4 non-governing factions, MP Nikol Pashinyan and freedom fighter Jirair Sefilian

David Manukyan, a 'D!emEm' Initiative member noted that the participation of Nikol Pashinyan and Jirair Sefilian does not mean that 'D!emEm' Initiative is venturing into politics. "We have invited Nikol Pashinyan and Jirair Sefilian because they have strong opinions on the matter and have given their clear support to our movement."

The speakers denied the rumors that certain political factions have spoken against the participation of Nikol Pashinyan and Jirair Sefilyan in the rally. "The discussions we have had with everyone have only pertained to details relating to their individual participation", insisted David Manukyan.

In response to MP Hrant Bagratyan remarks that Armenia may enter the equivalent of Maidan on March 28th, Artashes Arabajyan, the Initiative's representative, noted that such course of events is impossible. "Our fight is within the limits of the law and our rights. I don't consider the parallels drawn between Maidan and our movement appropriate since their agenda was entirely different."

David Manukyan added that the comparison was inaccurate also because the two segments of our society have no reason to fight one another.

In reference to PM Tigran Sargsyan's proposal to start a dialogue, Gevorg Georgisyan, member of 'D!em Em' Initiative, stated that such dialogue can only be around the removal of the mandatory component. "If we receive an invitation to negotiate this issue, we are always ready. We consider discussions about other points, to be useless."

If the Constitutional Court ultimately recognizes the Las constitutional, it will not signify the end of "D!em Em' Initiative’s struggle. In the words of David Manukyan, "it will mean that we have exhausted all the institutional platforms to resolve the issue. We will turn to non-institutional platforms, i.e. street blockade, cash withdrawal, etc."

On March 22, 14:00, 'D!em Em' Initiative will organize a rally at Freedom Square to be followed by a march. On March 21st, 'Media Center' hosted a press conference held by 'D!em Em' Initiative. The speakers included members of 'D!em Em' Initiative David Manukyan, Gevorg Georgisyan and Artashes Arabajyan. 

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