29/05/2012 | Writer: Kaos GL

Chanting fascist slogans, namely ‘Zieg heil!’, with threats, profanities, calls for violence and violent acts, the extremists did everything to obstruct the march, terrorizing the participants of the peaceful event.

Extremists attacked Diversity March in Yerevan Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+
“The Public Information and Need of Knowledge” and “Women’s Resource Center Armenia NGO” organized a Diversity March in central Yerevan on May 21, 2012. Believing it was a gay pride event, nationalist fascists had gathered in Yerevan center to attack the participants of the event under the pretext of “patriotism”. After the attacks, the two organizing NGOs have shared the below release.
 
 
Press Release:
On May the 21st, 4:15 PM, the Public Information and Need of Knowledge and Women’s Resource Center Armenia NGO organized a Diversity March in central Yerevan. The march was organized within the scope of the World Day for Cultural Diversity, in order to demonstrate and value cultural, ethnic, human and fauna diversity in Armenia. They had prepared posters about ethnic, racial and fauna diversity, plurality, and cultural diversity.

Before the march misinformation was spread on social networks, declaring that the event had a hidden motive: That, in fact, it was meant to be a “gay parade”. In this regard extremist groups had gathered near M. Saryan’s statue, in order to subject the participants of the event to violence, under the pretext of “patriotism”.

Various NGOs, civic initiatives, representatives of international organizations, as well as refugees living in Armenia, people of various social backgrounds and civic activists were taking part in the event. Chanting fascist slogans, namely “Zieg heil!”, with threats, profanities, calls for violence and violent acts, the extremists did everything to obstruct the march, terrorizing the participants of the peaceful event. Even the presence of the police did not prevent the aggressive and bigot masses from continuing their attacks and actions. In this situation the police hardly ensured the security of the participants of the march.

We consider that criminal acts have taken place, namely, apparent propaganda of hate on the basis of discrimination which is forbidden under the Armenian Constitution, calls for violence and threats. We have numerous video-recordings and photographs, more can be find in the mass media. We demand that law enforcement bodies find and call to responsibility the organizers and participants of the attacks.

Public Information and Need of Knowledge NGO
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Women’s Resource Center Armenia NGO
 
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