This year, human rights march in Yerevan was a rare display of diversity and unity. Organised by opposition Armenian National Congress, today's march was unique in a way it was able to unite people of various political, social and ethnic backgrounds, including anarchists, LGBT activists, feminists, with a wide rights agenda.
There were no attacks towards bearers of rainbow flag, like during anti-Putin demo a week ago, even police was behaving pretty civilised. [see P.S. towards the end] It was like a dream come true, even if for a moment. But this is a picture of Armenia I want to see more and more often, and eventually as a matter of routine.
"Everyone is different, everyone is equal" - as per reports, activists were chanting this slogan during the march too. Guys, you rock!!
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*pictures - via ourmine
I love this video by epress.am. Pay attention to feminist statement towards the beginning of the video; also what people chanting when passing by Russian embassy; and in general the sense of diversity and unity. Awesome.
And another cool video with rainbow flag, feminist symbolism and "Secular Armenia" poster.
P.S. After this post was published, I was told that there was small incident after the march when woman war veteran tried shouting at activist Lala Aslikyan to put down rainbow flag. But the incident did not get escalated to any significant effect.