100 residents of Yerevan met near the Cascade
last Sunday to add their voices to some 136 countries
where demonstrations were called to protest war
The event was organized by Stephane Provost of
Canada, who works for a French company in Armenia.
"I sent emails to four friends of mine,"
Provost said. "I expected to see 10 to 15
people. This is my demonstration to the massacre
which is called war which soon will take place
under the leadership of George W. Bush. Everybody
in Armenia knows what war is and I know that no
one here wants war here or anywhere else."
Clergyman Ter-Dajad Davtyan said similar events
could prevent war.
"The US must realize that most of the world
is against that war," he said. "We do
not say that Iraq's position is the best one,
but we know that the war is not the way to solve
the problem. If enough people raise their voices
this stupidity will be stopped."
Sixteen year old Karen Shavoyan joined the vigil
with classmates from O. Karina private school.
"We came here to be with people who do not
want war," Karen said. "I know that
the world can not go on without wars, but some
meaningless wars are possible to prevent."
Most in the crowd, gathered near Botero's sculpture
"Cat", were foreigners. One US citizen
said she expected to see more organized protests
"It seems that Armenians are indifferent
towards it, while the whole world organized marches
against war," she said. "But one of
my friends said that it is because of the recent
elections, because most of people here were so
tired of elections and the rallies and demonstrations
that (the Government) did not want to see any
meetings where there are more than 10 people."
Karen Balayan, from Ayas Sea investigations club
said that more Armenians would take part in the
vigil if they learned about it.
"My friends and I wanted to organize such
action of protest to the US position," he
said. "But then we learned that someone else
had already invited people and we joined them
with pleasure. All Armenians are against war because
we learned what it was.
"If such actions will impact somehow the
US position we will organize more and more protests