“Miasin” (“Together”) youth movement held an action – procession today in the streets of Yerevan, carrying various slogans, like “respect the traffic signs”, “take care of your country”, “don’t be indifferent” and the like.
As I watched about 200-300 young people cross the street under the red lights, carrying the sign “respect the traffic signs”, I couldn’t help thinking how different this youth moment is from the likes of “Henq” and “Sksela“.
“Miasin” first came to my attention when hundreds of young activists started distributed leaflets calling for “tolerance” at a time, when the authorities were accusing the opposition for their “intolerant” stance.
On their website “Miasin” are calling themselves a “patriotic liberal youth movement for reform and modernization of Armenia” which is open to all, who are not indifferent towards the future of their country.
Despite rumors, that they are associated with this or that political party, the movement says they are free of political affiliation. This is somewhat hard to believe, given the fact, that Armenia’s President and Foreign Minister consider them important enough to visit their camp and speak about the country’s future, answer their questions at a time, when journalists are finding it hard to get access to these top officials.
“Miasin” also claims they don’t need much money for their activities and “there are many, who are concerned about carrying out reform in our country and believe in the potential of youth”, so they “express readiness” to support “Miasin.”
I hope I didn’t leave the impression, that I don’t like this movement. I don’t dislike them, nor do I particularly like them. I just recognize, what they are and see some paradoxes in how they cross the streets and in how they claim to be non-political.
Other than that – “Miasin” has certainly attracted a lot of lively and beautiful Armenian youth and I love all of them, and hope, that they’ve joined that youth movement for good reasons and will contribute to Armenia’s reformation and modernization as much as they can.