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Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Supporters Gather in Vardenis for Rally


Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Supporters Gather in Vardenis for Rally

Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, leader of the Tavush for the Homeland movement in Armenia, visited the town of Vardenis in Gegharkunik Province on Wednesday with his supporters. The visit is part of a series of actions by the movement in response to the border delimitation agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.


Rally in Sotk Village


The Tavush for the Homeland movement held a rally in Sotk village at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Archbishop Galstanyan emphasized the significance of Sotk due to its proximity to the border with Azerbaijan. “I want it to be in Sotk because the prominent place of the border is there,” he stated. He also mentioned that they would soon visit Syunik Province but did not specify a date, citing important commitments in Yerevan.


Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Supporters Gather in Vardenis for Rally

Addressing the Nation


During the June 5 rally in Sotk, Archbishop Galstanyan addressed the crowd, highlighting the challenges facing Armenia. “Today's visit has one purpose: to see all the disaster that has befallen our country,” he said. He criticized the government for failing to confront the enemy and urged unity among the people. “This dishonor is not only for these authorities, but for all of us. We must eliminate arrogance, greed, and indiscipline from our lives,” he asserted.


The Importance of the June 9 Rally


Archbishop Galstanyan emphasized the importance of the upcoming June 9 rally, describing it as a key event in their movement. “The June 9 rally will be key, it will be a preparation for our next step, and I hope for a victorious step,” he said. He outlined the stages of their movement, starting from the initial protest march to Yerevan, followed by meetings with various professionals, and now the decisive phase involving state institutions.


Commitment to the Cause


Galstanyan conveyed his unwavering commitment to the movement, expressing readiness to face any challenge. “There is absolutely nothing that can scare me. I have looked into the eyes of death a thousand times,” he declared. Reflecting on the sacrifices made by others, he stressed the importance of their cause and the need for perseverance.


Background of the Protests



The protests and civil disobedience actions led by Archbishop Galstanyan began on April 19, when it was announced that Armenia and Azerbaijan would start border delimitation in Tavush Province. On May 9, Archbishop Galstanyan led a protest march from Tavush to Yerevan, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.



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