Pointless to Condemn those Spreading Hate: Armenian Writer on Azerbaijani Film Festival
Condemning an insignificant person such as Ruben Gevorgyants is pointless, said Stockholm resident, writer Vahe Avetyan (pictured) in a statement he posted on Facebook.
Recall that days ago, Union of Cinematographers of Armenia President Ruben Gevorgyants, speaking to journalists, had called organizer of the Azerbaijani film festival in Yerevan, Caucasus Center for Peace-Making Initiatives NGO President Georgy Vanyan a “rat.”
“Rats must be shot. If I’m wrong, let them shoot me. I know that I’m not wrong, [so] they won’t shoot me. They’re going to be erased and gone, they don’t have a right to be called Armenian,” Gevorgyants had said.
In response to calls for violence against Vanyan, Avetyan also notes that it’s pointless to condemn those who create hate pages in social networks or call for violence.
Further, he wrote: “It’s pointless to condemn the police, for not launching a criminal case against Gevorgyants and those with bad manners, because they have made calls for violence commonplace, there are numerous witnesses, and the cinematographer has spread his call through a press conference and that’s enough for the police to begin proceedings, [under] Armenia’s present laws.
“It’s pointless to condemn the self-appointed government, who don’t oblige the police to work, or chide ignorant functionaries and
According to Avetyan, instead of people like Gevorgyants, it is members of the Armenian intellectual community in Armenia and in the Diaspora that are condemned.
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