Activist Artak Gevogryan, a member of the “Counterstrike” art-group, faces 2 years in jail on hooliganism charges for running into the metal gate of Armenia’s National Security Service with his cardboard tank. Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Cardboard-Tank Activist Faces Jail Term for Running into National Security Service's Gate"</span>
A court in Yerevan issued harsh sentences to a group of activists along with their leader, Shant Harutyunian, who were arrested on November 5 last year, as they clashed with the riot police blocking their march towards the Presidential palace under a ‘revolution’ banner. Continue reading “Pro-independence protesters jailed on 'hooliganism' charges”
A wooden bicycle was presented in Yerevan’s Freedom square on Sunday. The bike was developed as part of the “Ticcson” project funded by the Awesome foundation, and looked, well… funny, I guess. And yet, it has a pretty ambitious goal: to “contribute to the development of that culture of changing cars into bicycles” in Yerevan. Continue reading “Biking in Yerevan becomes 'the thing'”
I hate Facebook mostly because of the way they fuck my brains there. And the people who do this are people, whom I know, respect and enjoy talking to in real life, people, who are very pleasant and nice personalities around a table, in various life-events and generally in life. But for some reason, when they login to Facebook – they undergo a transformation. Continue reading “Guest Post: Uzogh's Rant against Slacktivism”
In what seems to be a carefully choreographed performance ahead of this Sunday’s parliamentary elections, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan ordered the removal of kiosks assembled in a park in central Yerevan. In doing so, Sargsyan ended the 80-day standoff between the municipality and environmental activists. Continue reading “Mashtots Saga Ends in A Controversial Win for Civil Activists”
A week-long sit-in by Armenian environmental activists was dispersed today as police used force to make space for the construction of fashion boutiques in one of central Yerevan’s few remaining green areas. Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Boutique construction at the expense of Mashtots park resumes amid protests"</span>
The youth initiative – HENQ, abbreviation from their longer Armenian name “New Young Citizens of Armenia” started their second action in Yerevan today – gathering in front of Tumanyan House-Museum at 18:30, the group of about 10 students divided the tasks among themselves and got going.
The action, called “Vonts, chuneq?” (“You don’t have it?”), is based on principle of “We are the State”, according to HENQ. The point of the action was – to go around bookshops, newspaper shacks, DVD stores, movie theaters in Yerevan and ask for non-existing books, movies, newspaper titles, plays, e.g.: “We are the state” film by Carla Garapedian, the director of the “Screamers“, “The country is a country” by Paulo Coelho, “A citizen is wanted” by HyeFilm Studio.
HENQ Prepare for action | Originally posted at The Caucasian Knot © Photo: Onnik Krikorian / Oneworld Multimedia 2008
The group were supposed to stir interest about the content of the particular play, book, newspaper and engage in a discussion about issues like: ‘the government does not exist in vacuum’, ‘we are responsible for our state’, ‘we have to take responsability ourselves and try to correct the wrong we see’, ‘we should follow the rules, giving a bribe and saying this country is no good won’t solve anything’. The action that started today will go on for a week. Many of the bookstores, movie theaters will be visited repeatedly in the hope, that rumors will circulate about these new ‘hit’ films, etc. – which everybody is talking and interested about. Continue reading “HENQ – one more youth initiative”