“Students Against Army Respite: Demands and Proposals”
08.11.2017
11:00
A discussion entitled “Students Against Army Respite: Requirements and Proposals” was held at Media Center on November 8 attended by Aren Manukyan, Member of the initiative “For the sake of development of science 2004” and Misha Tadevosyan, Member of Education Civic Initiative, Education Expert.

For the past two days, students have organized a strike in front of the Yerevan State University. They protest against the draft law “On Military Duty and Military Service”, which was passed after the first reading in the National Assembly, in particular against the provision of elimination of the right to army respite. Students demand to maintain the right to army respite, claiming that it will harm the science sector in Armenia.

Aren Manukyan thinks that the only way to talk to the government is the street fight.

“Because when you initiate a normal debate, you make different suggestions, they do not accept it. It is already the third time that they are initiating such a law draft. The only possible option is the street fight, the strike, marches, the rally. If the authorities continue to behave in such a way, they will reach there that more people will join this struggle, and in that case, yes, I think it will be possible to win. The hall discussions only legitimize their options,” Manukyan said.

According to him, the draft law actually does not bring any positive changes to the army.

“In terms of quantity or quality, he does not solve the problem. By bringing such a concept, there is no positive shift in the army. Only 100 people are affected in a year, 100 people will be enrolled in the army, because of which science will suffer, and 100 will be cut off from science. Meanwhile, these 100 scientists could benefit the economy, the army and the state,” Manukyan adds.

Misha Tadevosyan says education, science and defense are not on the same scale.

“The most important condition for the development of the country is education and science, and in this case the state adopts a similar policy, it is a serious challenge for education. And its influence can not be assessed at this point, we have a reality, when the consequences are unpredictableit is a decline in motivation, reducing the interest in education, reducing education's value,” Tadevosyan underlines.

He adds that the draft law is not aimed at social justice but will lead to “social polarization” under the slogan of social justice.

“We must give our students the opportunity to choose their own way from the perspective of law enforcement,” Tadevosyan adds.

Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

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