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Sksel e — Flash Mob


Sksel e Flash Mob, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia © Onnik Krikorian, CRD / TI Armenia 2007
CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 reports about the Flash Mob event organized by the group of young civil activists as announced earlier here.

[…]Standing at the corner of each intersection leading into the roundabout opposite Yerevan’s Opera House, as well as circling the grassy area in its center, each participant stood with a newspaper reading separate articles of their choice out aloud. Also wearing hats made out of newspapers, the sight and sound of that alone was surreal and unexpected enough for Armenia even in this day and age.
As were leaflets handed out asking “are you satisfied with yourself, or with the person next to you?,” “are you guilty?,” and “are you afraid, or don’t you care?”[…]

By Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant

6 replies on “Sksel e — Flash Mob”

The event was covered also by: Bekaisa, Kornelij Glas and Notes from Hairenik, the letter posting a rather detailed account of the event, probably the most detailed one so far:

Every newspaper was stamped with “It’s Started” in large, red letters printed in Armenian. The crowd broke up into groups of five—each group stood on a corner of Freedom Square/Place de France, and another group stood on the circumference of the rotary in the middle. Everyone held newspapers in front of them, while others held up banners affixed to wooden poles reading, “Should We Read Them?” in Armenian.

Just to point out that there are some inaccuracies in the Notes from Hairenik article, especially regarding the last action. Instead, take a look at Anoush’s account of the last Sksel a event here.
Although I wasn’t there either, the post seems to be confusing that event with Barekendan when alarm clocks were handed out on the streets. Also, turn out remains about the same and didn’t seem to have doubled to me, and I was at the first event.
Also, I’m told that the Southern Boulevard event is actually a Transparency International Armenia event which Sksel a will be turning out for as well.

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