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 Wednesday, June 19 2024 14:13
Alexandr Avanesov

Tavush for Motherland movement leader wishes other states to be `as  democratic as Armenia` 

Tavush for Motherland movement leader wishes other states to be `as  democratic as Armenia` 

ArmInfo. Representatives of foreign states must respond to the actions of the Armenian authorities against peaceful participants in the protest movement. The leader of the Tavush for the Motherland movement, Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, announced this at a press conference on June 19.

He recalled that such authoritative international human rights  organizations as Amnesty International, the Lemkin Institute and many  others have already expressed concern about the actions of law  enforcement officers against protesters. Local human rights  organizations are no less active.

The Archbishop noted that after the events of June 12, foreign states  do not have the right to avoid assessing what the authorities did.  "If representatives of these states believe that Armenia is a  democratic country, I wish that there would be a similar democracy in  their countries. One can refer to the establishment of democracy in  the country, but I do not share this approach. The case of June 12  should receive an assessment of justice. In this In this case, the  double standards that are being practiced no longer have any meaning.  The incident has occurred, barbarity has occurred, and the reaction  must be appropriate," the archbishop emphasized. 

Despite the scale of the protests, the collective West is showing  complete indifference to the processes taking place in Armenia. The  official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria  Zakharova, also drew attention to this fact. In her Telegram channel,  she drew attention to the reaction of the American embassies to the  protests in Yerevan and Tbilisi. Zakharova cited a statement from the  US Embassy in Yerevan as evidence of her words. <The resolution of  political differences is ensured by democratic processes. We also  call on law enforcement agencies to maintain public order, ensuring  citizens' right to freedom of speech and demonstrations, and to  conduct investigations into all incidents in which possible  violations of procedures were identified, including in relation to  journalists covering demonstrations," the embassy statement said. USA  in Armenia from June 13, 2024.

For comparison, a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry  published a statement from the US Embassy in Georgia dated May 2,  2024. "We stand next to the people of Georgia, supporting their right  to have their voice heard. We condemn violence against peaceful  protesters, including journalists covering the demonstrations. The  use of force to suppress peaceful assembly and freedom of expression  is unacceptable, and we call on authorities to allow non-violent  protesters to continue to exercise their right to freedom of  expression," the statement said. In one case, Zakharova writes,  Washington, through its embassy, declares that rallies must be held  responsibly and does not condemn the authorities for suppressing  them, and in the other, on the contrary, it actively supports the  unrest caused by Western foreign agents.  

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