Armenia: Important Dates of 2016
January 16. Yerevan keeps losing its ‘face’
A single-storey, old building at 30 Abrami Street was hardly noticeable amidst the Northern Avenue, built in the recent years. However, it was demolished within a night. Another living speck of the old city was removed from Yerevan residents’ life. It was like a childhood toy: you’ve long forgotten about its existence, but once it’s thrown on a scrap-heap you lose your childhood.
April 2-5. A four-day war
The four-day war made the Armenians in Yerevan, who are stewing in their own pot, realize that they owe their peaceful life to the soldiers standing on guard at the border. In addition, the war was a consolidating factor for all. For the first time everyone was hurrying not to Yerevan, but rather was trying to get to the border, to do one’s best to help, to support the army.
June 24-25. Pope Francis’s visit to the country that first adopted Christianity
The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church was highly welcome guest in Armenia. He conducted public religious ceremonies in Yerevan and Gyumri, commemorated the innocent victims of the genocide, met with representatives of the Catholic community in Armenia … And despite the official nature of Pope Francis’s visit to Armenia, it was perceived by country’s citizens as a friendly step of support and solidarity.
July 17-31. Seizure of the patrol police regiment
When your opinion is disregarded you resort to the force of weapons. That’s the path that ‘Sasna Tsrer’ group members chose, who kept the whole country on tenterhooks for over two weeks . The discontent accumulated in public was so great that people hit the streets to support the group members and voice their demands. They didn’t even allowed to refer to the members of the group, that seized the patrol police regiment, as terrorists. In the end, the group surrendered in order to avoid a bloodshed. However, they regarded their mission, to shake up the community and the government, as accomplished. Find more details about the group’s demands and the developments of those days in our publications
August 17. The Olympic gold after 20 years
For the first time since 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Artur Aleksanyan, a wrestler, brought to Armenia the Olympic gold from Rio de Janeiro.
September 21. Military parade
To some extent it was a response to Azerbaijan. New types of weapons, new rhetoric. The war also exposed the army problems and it was necessary to restore people’s faith that the government will prevent such developments in future.
November 12. 3:2 – comeback victory
Armenia is fond of football, but Armenians like the winners. Therefore, the ‘Republican’ stadium was, as usual, half empty during this game too. And only those, who love our national team more than victory, witnessed the Armenian squad’s most brilliant performance in the recent period. Losing 0:2 to Montenegro, Artur Petrosyan’s mentees managed to save the game by 3: 2.