“Temporary Interruption in Active Student Fight: Possible Developments”
16.11.2017
13:00
On November 15, the National Assembly adopted the Law on Military Service with the overwhelming majority, 86 votes in favor and 6 against.

This law raised a wave of protests among students. Deputies of the Republican, Dashnaktsutiun and Tsarukyan factions voted for the bill. The oppositional "Yelq" faction was against the adoption of the law.

Members of the “For Science Development” initiative protesting against the law negotiated with the speaker of the National Assembly Ara Babloyan and RPA spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov for about an hour behind closed doors that day, and the next day on November 22, they announced about holding a roundtable with authorities. And before that the strike and the hunger strike stopped.

During the discussion entitled “Temporary Interruption in Active Student Fight: Possible Developments” held at Media Center on November 16, Daniel Ioannisyan, Chairman of "Informed Citizens Association" NGO,  thinks that students should use that pause to transform their demands, as problems do not end with the limitation of the right to a deduction.

“The demands, in my opinion, should refer not only to the system of deduction but also to the fields of education, science and the armed forces. These areas have serious problems and I think we should not miss the opportunity to discuss these issues and demand the authorities to solve these problems.”

Haykuhi Harutyunyan, Head of “Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO, expressed hope that the platform for discussion would be used. Unpublished provisions of the idea of “Nation-Army” will become public discussion topic.  

“I think that our society needs the necessity of such discussions so that other issues, such as those of the draft law, are not published but they have in mind those who hold it, do not make compulsory laws or decisions that we will have to endure.”

Political scientist Armen Grigoryan thinks that in any authoritarian country like us, the political displeasure of any political scale is already dangerous.

“In countries like ours, when more than 100 people go out to the streets, the authorities are afraid of it,” Armen Grigoryan said. “Fear was the reason that first the sitting of the commission was held at night and the law was adopted in no time because they understood that in the case of law, they would have an impact on student activism and would put them in the face of the fact.”

Public figure Davit Sanasaryan thinks that it is wrong to put too much pressure on protesting students and blame them for not doing any kind of actions or harshness.

"The students did not come to the streets on the agenda of the criminal-oligarchic regime's overthrow. The problem with these people was the overthrow of that law. Now they will do their meetings or we will leave it to another decision. "

Public figure Davit Sanasaryan thinks that it is wrong to put too much pressure on protesting students and blame them for not doing any kind of actions or harshness.

“The students did not come to the streets on the agenda of the criminal-oligarchic regime's overthrow. The problem with these people was the overthrow of that law. The way of doing it is their choice.”

At the same time, the speaker considered strange that the authorities want to discuss round-table discussions after the adoption of the law, which, according to him, is illogical.

“It is absurd, and one has to go to a hunger strike in order they initiate a discussion,” says Sanasaryan.

To watch the video, follow the link. 

Derenik Malkhasyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

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