Sunday, December 27, 2009

Authorities' committment to beating youth - condoned by international community?

Just a couple of hours ago, youth activists campaigning for Nikol Pashinyan were attacked and beaten with metal pipes. Five of them were taken to the hospital - three have been released and two are still there.

This is what happens the international community accepts and condones violent governments, and in exchange uses the illegitimacy of these governments as leverage to their own ends. Don't get me wrong. It is not the US, or Switzerland, or Russia, or any of the others who sent their guys to beat up these youth. But these governments, and others, have accepted Sargsyan as president, and work with him. They have accepted Sargsyan, who came to power through illegitimate means, through violence, beatings, imprisonments and shootings.

Please, don't speak of "promoting democracy," "human rights" and "long-term security," when your actions and dealings as international organizations/governments actually promote powerful individuals who beat those who attempt to actually practice such principles.

This is not the first, second, or even tenth time that something like this has happened. And yet, I do not see a flurry of condemnation from the US, Switzerland, or Russia. Not surprising, is it?

But back to this election. Those in Armenia can contribute to the election campaign: see here for details English, here for details in Armenian.

And, it seems the video about Pashinyan is now available in four parts online:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

1 comment:

nazarian said...

The international community is there to do business. They don't care much about the people of Armenia.

Human rights and such are our business and we should not expect some outside third party to come and hand them to us on a silver platter.