ARF youth member Argishti Gevorkyan addressing the protesters (Photo: Raffi Elliott)
YEREVAN—Hundreds of protesters led by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) youth wing—the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF)—took to the streets of Yerevan on Wednesday evening to demand the resignation of Armenia’s Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Arayik Harutyunyan. The group disagrees with the Ministry’s implementation of an educational reform package which they argue trivializes traditional Armenian values. Drumbeats echoed throughout the Armenian capital as demonstrators chanted “Arayik resign!” from the Matenadaran all the way to the Ministry of Education building.
“Our fundamental message is that either the administration will demonstrate greater conviction and will to resolve the matter at hand, or the people of Armenia will have no choice but to mobilize from