THE ARMENIAN GENERAL BENEVOLENT UNION CONTINUES TO FOLLOW THE UNFORTUNATE EVENTS UNFOLDING IN YEREVAN WITH DEEP CONCERN

The seemingly harsh treatment of peaceful protesters at the hands of the police is unacceptable, and sheds a starkly negative light on our nation. Citizens’ rights to peaceful protests must be respected as any sound democracy should.

We understand when people speak out about social concerns, inequality, corruption and the desire for rule of law, but violence and the use of force or weapons by any individual or group is never the answer. We condemn the taking of hostages, especially the latest development involving medical workers being held against their will.

The current situation must be resolved to avoid any further bloodshed. Just as importantly, the underlying issues need to be responsibly addressed for the good of the nation’s stability. Armenia has enough challenges outside its borders as evidenced by the April war in Artsakh and the continuing instability of that situation.

The global Armenian nation needs a secure and prosperous homeland of which we can all be proud, a homeland that respects social justice and the rule of law for all its citizens. We can accept no less and we remain committed to this outcome.

 

 
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