Held outside the Armenian government building on Thursday was a demonstration called “An Army Without Murderers” initiated by citizens concerned of the recent non-combat deaths in Armenia’s Armed Forces.
A couple of dozen people were participating in today’s demonstration — NGO representatives, lawyers, journalists, representatives of women’s organizations, activists and publicists.
Passers-by also joined the demonstration, including foreigners who expressed a wish to speak with relatives of the deceased soldiers.
Recall, two incidents occurred in the Armenian army in August which recently resulted in a public outcry.
“The most recent cases are Aghasi Abrahamyan, 18, who was brutally killed on Aug. 26 at the military unit of Yeghnikner, Karabakh, after 9 months of service. Two weeks before this, Vardan Sevyan, 19, was killed at the military unit of Goris. In 2011, already 19 deaths have been registered in the military. There [are] no available statistics about the number of violence, rapes, young people becoming disabled after the military service,” reads the statement by organizers on the event’s Facebook page, as reported previously.