After debating via the internet whether marching through the street of their hometown was prudent, given that former General Manvel Grigoryan (a ruling Republican Party of Armenia MP) runs the area like his private fiefdom, students took to streets to voice their opposition to yesterday’s election of Serzh Sargsyan as Armenia’s new prime minister.
Etchmiadzin municipal officials were seen monitoring the downtown area to prevent any such demonstration from occurring.
The video shows march members calling on passersby to join the protest.
Etchmiadzin Mayor Karen Grigoryan is the general’s son.
Note to Readers – After the National Assembly elected Serzh Sargsyan prime minister on April 17, Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan Reminder – After the National Assembly elected Serzh Sargsyan prime minister on April 17, Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan, who spearheaded the “Im Kayl” (My Step) movement to prevent Sargsyan’s election, declared a “Velvet Revolution” to be carried out on a rotating basis. Protesters will briefly “occupy” government buildings, urging civil servants inside to join them. The intent is to disrupt the normal flow of life in downtown Yerevan, blocking traffic on major streets, and then hold evening rallies in Republic Square. Today marks the sixth day of civil disobedience in Yerevan.