The Ways of “Miasin” Youth Movement

“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.

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9 thoughts on “The Ways of “Miasin” Youth Movement

  1. I would love to see Miasin advocating for human rights and democracy and Sksela advocating for traffic regulations and tolerance.

    Nevertheless, as we all know both movements are created for specific, well-known reasons and to promote specific, well-known agenda.

    Once I find something in common in those two movements I’ll claim I see signs of political wisdom and we finally have a square one to depart from.

    Alas, nothing similar to that is witnessed so far.

    • There is no Sksela anymore, it split apart, some left it (including myself) when it became apparent, that its not a civil movement, but a political one. And the remaining Sksela formed the highly political pro-Levon “HIMA”, which doesn’t disguise itself as a Civil Movement, but openly comes out as the youth wing of Armenian National Congress opposition movement.

  2. Sorry to hear that….

    I think this is what we really miss now, a civil movement instead of political one. But then the question is, should there be leaders? Obviously yes. Can they be absolutely politically neutral? For some time – yes. Can it be consistent and long-term then?

  3. well I for one like this MIASIN movement. I am envious of them and I wish I can be there to walk with them and give my physical support. I strongly believe in reform & modernization on a peaceful civil level, although a mild form of physical revolt every now & then can be tolerated.
    however, if this group is hiding under a non-political umbrella, but in reality are a covert youth arm of rk-ss-nalband regime than I cannot support that. a movement such as this, a group such as this can not be affiliated with any political parties what so ever across the board. I am highly advocate of NO political BS and that the ppl should unite as ONE with NO divisions, evils, corruptions, and greed. also, there should never be any senior leadership in such a group as this. all should have a voice & decision making powers…to me that is real democracy, not this we follow anyone who knows how to be a celebrity and speak eloquently (i.e, LTP)

  4. If you can , leave Armenia it will get worse and then it wont exist . Their will never be law and order , you cant have that in some country’s, some nations and people are bound by their inherent flawed of not being able to control their destiny or history . Never be poised by hope , future or god, it will never happen , it wont never come and it doesn’t exist.

    • the power of any nation as a collective is in THE PEOPLE
      if the ppl want it much enough, there can be law & order in any country
      the problem is that 99.9% is occupied trying to feed/clothe themselves & family. while most ppl are busy trying to live by working, spending most of their time at place of employment, shopping, hanging out, drinking & dancing, and trying to enjoy what life they have, there wont ever be time for them to make a revolutionary stand point. law & order is both: a state of mind & physical. those who wish/want to change Armenia for the better have to unite and be of same mind set, otherwise it would never work. and because 9 out of every 10 Armenians (especially in Armenia) are brainwashed thinkers…then they cant unite in the aspect for the same goals. the only unity there is amongst Armenian is “physical”. where ever there is Armenians, they flock to that direction (i.e, glendale). the citizens of Hayastan are sheep and the mafia gov’t is the shepard that will move them in the direction that it wants. if the ppl really want freedom & democracy, law & order much enough they will gather in such large numbers that the gov’t and its army can not do anything to stop them. either they would have to submit to the ppl or KILL them all, and well if you kill everyone then there is NO ONE to rule and benefit from.
      March 2008 was a small (yet serious) skirmish compared to what everyone can really do. the problem is you have evils such as LTP manipulating the opposition in his favor and then you have rk/ss/dodi regime having most of the country in their pocket. most ppl dont understand the reality & science of politics. if they did, the world would be a much different place today. something totally foreign to everyone, but yet natural

  5. the power of any nation as a collective is in THE PEOPLE if the ppl want it much enough, there can be law & order in any country the problem is that 99.9% is occupied trying to feed/clothe themselves & family. while most ppl are busy trying to live by working, spending most of their time at place of employment, shopping, hanging out, drinking & dancing, and trying to enjoy what life they have, there wont ever be time for them to make a revolutionary stand point. law & order is both: a state of mind & physical. those who wish/want to change Armenia for the better have to unite and be of same mind set, otherwise it would never work. and because 9 out of every 10 Armenians (especially in Armenia) are brainwashed thinkers…then they cant unite in the aspect for the same goals. the only unity there is amongst Armenian is “physical”. where ever there is Armenians, they flock to that direction (i.e, glendale). the citizens of Hayastan are sheep and the mafia gov’t is the shepard that will move them in the direction that it wants. if the ppl really want freedom & democracy, law & order much enough they will gather in such large numbers that the gov’t and its army can not do anything to stop them. either they would have to submit to the ppl or KILL them all, and well if you kill everyone then there is NO ONE to rule and benefit from. March 2008 was a small (yet serious) skirmish compared to what everyone can really do. the problem is you have evils such as LTP manipulating the opposition in his favor and then you have rk/ss/dodi regime having most of the country in their pocket. most ppl dont understand the reality & science of politics. if they did, the world would be a much different place today. something totally foreign to everyone, but yet natural

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