Tuesday, December 3 2019 19:06
Asya Balayan

Representatives of the ARFD youth wing blocked Vazgen Sargsyan  Street; four people detained

Representatives of the ARFD youth wing blocked Vazgen Sargsyan  Street; four people detained

ArmInfo. Police officers dispersed a sit-in protest organized by representatives of the youth wing of the ARF "Dashnaktsutyun" party near the building of the Ministry of  Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia. According to  police, four young people were detained for administrative violations  while dispersing demonstrators. Representatives of the youth wing of  the ARF claim that there are 15 detainees.

The situation escalated after protesters broke through the police  cordon and tried to break into the ministry building to meet with the  minister.

To note, the ARF youth movement demands the resignation of the  Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Arayik  Harutyunyan, arguing that the ministry took the legislative  initiative to make the teaching of the subjects "Armenian language",  "Armenian literature" and "Armenian history" optional, giving the  universities the right to themselves make decision on their teaching.

The question escalated after the "Scandalous" performance "Excitement  and Bell" held in front of the "Republic Square" metro station when  it turned out that the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and  Sports allocated a grant in the amount of 2.7 million drams (5  thousand US dollars) for the performance.

Another reason for criticism was the partial funding by the  government of a documentary film about the former member of the  Armenian women's weightlifting team Meline Daluzyan, who, after  emigrating to the Netherlands, changed her gender, becoming Mel  Daluzyan. 

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