“DEMAND FOR CHANGE WAVE: REACTION OF THE AUTHORITIES AND POSSIBLE OUTCOME OPTIONS”
19.04.2018
11:00
For over 2 weeks, Yerevan has seen continuing civil disobedience actions against Serzh Sargsyan’s appointment as prime minister, led by RA National Assembly deputy Nikol Pashinyan.

On April 17, Armenian ex-President Serzh Sargsyan was elected Armenian Prime Minister by 77 NA deputies and thus assumed the governance of the country for the 3rd time.

At the discussion on “Demand for change wave: reaction of the authorities and possible outcome options” hosted by the Media Center on April 19, ethnographer Hranush Kharatyan touched upon the current situation and the reaction of the authorities and noted that they lost the ability to react adequately long ago.

"I can’t understand the reaction of our authorities to the real state of affairs in Armenia and I’d even say that there is no such reaction at all," Hranush Kharatyan says adding that a closed aquarium system was shaped within the authorities and cut off the links between the authorities and the public at large.

As for the movement led by Nikol Pashinyan, the speaker mentioned that the definition "velvet revolution" is wrong as it is mostly used for coup d'etat in the upper circles. And this movement can be rather defined as Armenian Gandhism.

"Every single day and every single hour they declare disobedience without resistance and show the ways to do so. He seems to have succeeded in establishing the movement and it already has its own attribute."

She also expresses an opinion that Nikol Pashinyan strives to achieve a situation that Serzh Sargsyan gives up his authority, but she considers such an outcome quite unlikely.

Filmmaker Tigran Khzmalyan believes one of the key challenges in Armenia is that there are no branches of power as such. "There is no executive power, there is no legislative power and there is no judicial power. There is only Serzh Sargsyan, his complexes, his fears and his limited worldview. "

The speaker also believes that the authorities’ reserved attitude to the protesters is actually conditioned by the restraining factor of the West as the events in Yerevan are actively covered in the Western press.

By drawing parallels with Gandhi’s movement, Tigran Khzmalyan in his turn, notes that like Ghandi fighting for the decolonization of India, Armenia should channel its fight against the Russian colonial policy.

Derenik Malkhasyan, Media Center Project Editor/Coordinator

To contact the author, please feel free to email him: derenikmalkhasian@gmail.com

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