Protests in Armenia: The poor from urban outskirts and Armenian ghetto

30.04.2018, Yerevan.

Various types of social groups with altered cultural core take part in the Armenian protests, a Rossa Primavera News Agency source from Armenia informed on April 29.

Nicol Pashinyan’s protest is supported by various types of social groups, the source noted. Poor residents of urban outskirts are one of the biggest. “To them,” source said, “the reality just seems hopeless, and Nikol Pashinyan is the one who ‘will take everything and share it equally’. I wish someone made them into a normal working class, to which they traditionally belonged. But their brains are already washed with “market opportunity” ideas”.

Educated youth is another supporting social group. There is an alarming trend among it – its significant part already accepted post-Christian European values. “They are not afraid to lose the old civilizational vector, which is not an Armenian trait. Armenians always and under all circumstances held on to their civilizational vector since the early Christianity,” the Armenian source noted.

It should be mentioned that Armenians living in the West also became active with the beginning of the protests. Members of this social group come from Armenian communities scattered all over the world. According to the source, this social group has the psychology of the Armenian “ghetto” – they lack state thinking and their ideal is to change Armenia according to the Western standards.

Protests have been ongoing in Armenia for several weeks. As a result, Serzh Sargsyan, the Armenian Prime Minister, had resigned. Pashinyan, the leader of the “velvet revolution”, has already threatened the Parliament with more mass protests on April 29 if he is not elected to be the Prime Minister. He also asked his supporters to take to the streets on May 1, when the Armenian parliament will be electing a new Prime Minister.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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