Armenia, a small country with big minds and big dreams, and these dreams of getting rid of oligarchs, hyper-capitalism, bribes, poverty, and so on gave birth to this velvet revolution.
The movement named “My Step” organized by Nikol Pashinyan, a representative of the opposition started a movement against the president Sezh Sarkisian who decided to take also prime minister’s chair and rule Armenians without giving any right to them.
Any movement has its slogans and people learn them by heart very quickly. Here are some of the slogans of the movement was “Deny Serzh”,”We are the owners of our country”, “Deny the Republican Party of Armenia”, “Free and Independent Armenia”.
The opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was the leader of this peaceful disobedience who rose to an iconic level in the eyes of Armenians. He seems to be a hero who saved Armenia from the regime. He is the first prime minister who answered the questions of the journalists without any papers and in 3 languages without a translator.
The revolution was called Velvet as there was no violence, no blood, no deaths and not a bullet fired. People were obedient but free, they did not crush with the police, instead, they hug the police. Armenians closed the streets by dancing, playing the piano and singing. It seemed to be a holiday than a revolution.
After 11 days of protests in the streets when thousands of people came out of their houses, Serzh Sargsyan has a failure in negotiation with Nikol Pashinyan as he threatened his own people with the 1st of March when people where killed, the police stole Nikol Pashinyan from the street. The government thought that the protestants will shut off but the number of people in the streets was rising. Even without a leader, people came out of their houses. Soon Serzh Sargsyan understood that he could not kill so many people and freed Nikol Pashinyan, After two hours he resigned accepting that he was wrong.
After the resign of the PM Serzh Sargsyan, the members of his party did not want to accept the new PM chosen by the people so it took 7 days to rewin the revolution and today on the 8th of March Nikol Pashinyan was chosen as the Prime Minister of Armenia. Hip hip hurray!
Gardman Tour, 08.05.2018