Toronto Memorial Gathering for Avetyan

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A group of  Toronto Armenians attended the candlelight vigil, held in memory of Vahe Avetyan, on August 7, 2012 at 920 Progress Avenue in Scarborough, in east Toronto. The gathering marked the 40 days since his death in Yerevan. Rev. Archpriest Fr. Zareh Zargarian officiated the liturgy service at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church.

After the religious ceremony, which was unrelated to the civic action, people gathered in the AGBU courtyard. Speakers condemned Avetyan's murder and said the brutal act reflected the lawlessness that prevails in Armenia. They stressed that since Armenia belongs to all Armenians, "its problems are ours, and it is our own responsibility to put our house in order."

Some participants said that the Diaspora establishment, with its political parties, churches, and benevolent organizations, is complicit for letting matters deteriorate to this extent in their homeland.

 

A group of  Toronto Armenians attended the candlelight vigil, held in memory of Vahe Avetyan, on August 7, 2012 at 920 Progress Avenue in Scarborough, in east Toronto. The gathering marked the 40 days since his death in Yerevan. Rev. Archpriest Fr. Zareh Zargarian officiated the liturgy service at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church.

After the religious ceremony, which was unrelated to the civic action, people gathered in the AGBU courtyard. Speakers condemned Avetyan's murder and said the brutal act reflected the lawlessness that prevails in Armenia. They stressed that since Armenia belongs to all Armenians, "its problems are ours, and it is our own responsibility to put our house in order."

Some participants said that the Diaspora establishment, with its political parties, churches, and benevolent organizations, is complicit for letting matters deteriorate to this extent in their homeland.

 
 
 
 

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2 comments
  1. Different are you from our dream, better!

    It's been a year since the young army physician Vahe Avetyan was murdered. Which violence committed in this "independent" Armenia should we "forget" and suppress into the deep layers of our subconscious so that we may pretend to be sane? October 1999? March 1 Tragedy? Or the ongoing brutality against the youth, the women and the elderly who are justly protesting day in and day out.

    Tekeyan! Would you have said today, «Տարբեր ես դուն մեր երազէն, աւելի լաւ» [Different are you from our dream, better]?

    I am ashamed!

    Dikran Abrahamian

  2. Avetyan’s Murder is a national shame, we demand justice

    We should all be ashamed  since we have opted to forget Vahe Avetyan's murder.  The powers to be swept the matter under the rug and kept deferring closed court hearings until the cows come home.  The only people who actively pursue this case are Nakhakhorhrdaran activists in Armenia.  Shouldn’t we do something?

    Diaspora's concerned Armenians should  come up with a Multi-Media declaration signed by thousands, condemning the cowardly act, therewith demanding that the murder be brought to an open court, and afterwards conduct frequent follow ups.  Copies should be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice, Nakhakhorhrdaran office, Ombudsman in Armenia, and Open Democracy website.
     

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