'Fundamental disagreements' over Yerevan's municipal elections

Aereal photo of Yerevan’s City Hall | Photo from Municipality’s official website
Aereal photo of Yerevan’s City Hall | Photo from Municipality’s official website

“Normal work process”, involving beating the hell out of each other with over ‘fundamental disagreements’ continues, as Armenia’s two largest pro-government parties engage in fresh brawls in Yerevan ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.
Last week a group of activists of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) attacked the election campaign office of President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) in the Yerevan’s Kanaker-Zeytun district. According to newspaper reports, the attack was made in retaliation for the beating earlier in the day of their comrades by Republican campaigners armed with clubs.
In an interview with RFE/RL, Gagik Mkrtchian, deputy head of the HHK branch in Kanaker-Zeytun downplayed the significance of the incident, calling it a “normal work process.”
Another incident came on Monday, in Yerevan’s Silikian district of Ajapniak community. Eyewitnesses told RFE/RL that doezen’s of supporters of both ruling parties, most of them young men, clashed with each other at BHK election campaign office, after Ajapnyak’s Mayor Ruben Hovsepian arrived there with his deputy Armen Baghdasarian. Notably, the Ajapnyak mayor is also the brother of Armenia’s influential Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian.

The police claimed, meanwhile, that the BHK and HHK activists were only engaged in a bitter political debate over ‘fundamental disagreements‘.
P.S. I know I shouldn’t say this, but you know what? I don’t care about the two ruling clans settling scores with each other. Let them brawl till they all grow blue or something. Sick and tired of gangsters trying to appear like politicians. Sick and tired of rich boys who collect a bunch of thickheads only capable of shaking their fists, and pretend that they have a political following. Of course those little armies are going to want to ‘prove their committement to high political ideas’. Of course they’ll clash. Of course we’ll see more brawls before the elections are over… …the elections to turn Yerevan into a gangster’s paradise.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant


  1. I liked your typo at the beginning where you referred to those 2 parties as “pro-opposition” 🙂

    1. Mika jan – thanx for letting me know.

  2. Well, it IS a normal work process for these guys. Haven’t they been doing that to anyone who disagrees with them? Case in point, the 10 dead people on March 1!

  3. Have to add my creative depiction of this here–I worked so hard on these! http://twitpic.com/5jypr

    1. Really funny – Ani! 😀 Way to go!

    2. why is BHK a wolf?

      1. That’s supposed to be a lion (and he has somebody in his belly, BTW). Probably it’s a lioness, though–didn’t have anything with a mane… I hope you don’t think I BOUGHT anything for this “art project”!!

  4. Yerevan is a gangster paradise

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