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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Armenian neo-nazi vandalised Holocaust memorial in downtown Yerevan

This is disgusting, and a reflection of leniency towards such hate groups in Armenia: neo-nazi, anti-semitic, homophobic...

Since its installation, this memorial has been repeatedly vandalised.

And this is happening in a country that suffered the 1st Genocide of the 20th century...


*picture - by Photolur, via A1+

10 comments:

Sedrak Mkrtchyan said...

Ինչ որ լակուտ լուկուտ կլինեն, բայց զզվելիա ու անբարոյական իհարկե:

Anonymous said...

tavarner en !
heto el, ari bacatri te hayé incha
haynela apush éli

artmika said...

Swastika has now been removed. Yerevan city staff were cleaning the monument early this morning.

What I would wish to see, however, is for police to find those vandals, and along with facing criminal prosecution, they made to clean up this themselves.

epress.am:

''Since this morning, Yerevan City Hall employees have been busy cleaning the traces of barbarism on the monument dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust victims. As reported earlier, a red swastika and the words "Death to Jews" (in Armenian) were spray-painted on the memorial. [...]

The swastika has already been removed and the city hall employee is attempted to clean the remains of the paint which covers the words "To live and not to forget: In the memory of the Armenian and Jewish peoples' Genocide [Yeghern]" written in Armenian and in Hebrew on the monument."

antifa said...

Armenia is full of anti-Semitism, racism and homophobia. For example recently I was buying a book in Yerevan. The bookseller, a person in his 50s I am not quite sure how managed to start talking against Jews. He ended up comparing Rafael with Kandinsky blaming jews for corrupting art and cinema. I am sure if I mentioned Arshil Gorky he would defend the modern art 
He made a salad out of Jews, Picasso, Belgium, Levon Ter-Petrosian and movie Avatar.
I think this is due to lack of proper education. People even the ones with some uni degrees learn bits from here and there. This is pretty dangerous considering that these people raise kids.

Hervé said...

It is interesting to see that even in the Republic of Armenia expressive, offensive, derogatory words are leaned from Turkish: Yahudi is not Standard Armenian.

As if people were not up to what they want to say, as if they could not stand for what they feel.

I thought it was the "priviledge" of Western Armenians. But I keep on discorvering traits of "Armenian unity", a thesis I did not like at all.

Another case of utter perversion, both the action and the wording, I am afraid.

Of course, this is an epiphenomen... Deprived of meaning, though? I wonder.

Hervé said...

One of the first comments I heard about Independent Armenia, years ago, arriving there, driven at the University Guest House by Armenians from Canada, actually from Libanon, actually from Syria was: «Այս ժողովուրդը մաքուր է: Շատ քիչ օտար կայ հոս:» [This people is clean/pure: there are very few foreigners here.] Then followed "jokes" about the family of the President's wife which was deemed not that kosher or too kosher in fact. And comparisons with Canada full of immigrants (Were these not some of them?) -I'll spare you with the remarks about under-developped Fench speaking Québécois- «Գանատա խառնարան է: Ամէն ինչ կայ հոն:» The Pakistanis were especially stigmatized. (My suggestion: Why not watch My Beautiful Laundrette to get a liking to them? It could help... Ok, not these people...)

In a final step, I refused to have dinner at these people's place. I am not unpolite but celebrating the superiority of Armenianness was not a perspective for me, though you would hardly find any one, any odar having spent so much time diving in the Armenian language and some Armenian literature.

There are people who just don't seem to realize that "ideas" have an impact on reality, especially on human reality, because these persons were astonished I did not come.

Please: could you control your limited immigration and reject fascists? You may have enough to deal with at home. Sheer hypothesis...

Hervé said...

Antifa's comment may be right.
I suppose you are Armenian "by blood".
I could not as an odar expess myself that way.

What you describe dramatically resembles what I experienced in Aleppo/Beirut.
Plus in Aleppo, one may know about Arshile Gorky but Kandinsky...

I even heard fom a person very close to me at that time(one of my inlaws) that the September 11-attack was a manipulation by "the Jews". Ատոր մէջ Հրեային ձերքը կայ: I remained speechless.

The person I was maried with remained silent or smiled at each occasion. Not expressing herself in public was her only way to participate in my presence: not taking risks by too vocal approval and certainly not by openly confonting fascism in her family or in "her environment", the people she had chosen and could easily dominate, manipulate by playing the easy-going Aleppo girl which the alumnus of a German traditional high-school can't, hopefully, really be.

Thanks God, I am no longer married nor to that creature nor to Armenianness, if defined their way.

Anonymous said...

///Armenia is full of anti-Semitism, racism and homophobia. ////

I find no difference in such statement and the swastika on the memorial, same generalization, stereotypes and hate. One philosopher mentioned that pacifist are the most violent people against non-pacifists. I read comments here and compare on how nazi germany started to grow hatred gainst jews. Couple of armenians expressed idiotism which may be found in any nation, but commentatres have decided to generalize and attribute it to the whole nation. disgusting

antifa said...

Anonymous

I am not generalising I am saying Armenia is FULL of. i.e. I am not even talking about people. Such tendencies can for example come from a non-elected government policy. In that case the government and its policies do not represent the people. Do you remember the edited video of an opposition rally with Israeli flag? It was broadcasted by Public TV.
Or another example is the Soviet era law that would imprison gays for 5 years? The law is removed now but the imprint is still there within the society who lived the majority of their lives in USSR.

USSR was cut of from world and had very racist, homophobic and antisemit policies. This had impact on the people even when people don't realise that. Believe me the majority still doesn't. If you tell a person that their remarks were racist they would get very offended. So in contrast to West, in Armenia it is mainly unitentional however as a result it is more wide spread. When generation changes things will get better.

What Herve has written is another phenomenon. It is a funny one.

bsw-am said...

"I find no difference in such statement and the swastika on the memorial, same generalization, stereotypes and hate. One philosopher mentioned that pacifist are the most violent people against non-pacifists. I read comments here and compare on how nazi germany started to grow hatred gainst jews. Couple of armenians expressed idiotism which may be found in any nation, but commentatres have decided to generalize and attribute it to the whole nation. disgusting"


That's how I felt reading all these comments...if I were not Yerevantsi I might even believe them!