2020 May 24

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May/24/2020 News: (1) Protests after raid ends with 4 arrests in Syunik (2) Story of how Azeri politicians collaborated with Adolf Hitler (3) No felony in Parliament (4) You're a farmer, Harry (5) Army says you shall not pass (6) Salty neighbors attack a lawyer (7) Price gauging busted (8) More...
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams ֏ unless specified otherwise.


History lesson / How Azeri officials collaborated with Nazis

Recently Pashinyan responded to Aliyev and pointed out that 75,000 Azeris, organized by Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, fought for Nazis. Summary of events:

Mammad is viewed as a founding father of Azeri nationalism and the architect of 1st Azeri Republic. He is hailed by Musavat and National Front parties. However, they try to ignore certain uneasy facts about him.

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1913: Mammad becomes the ideological leader of the Musavat party.

1918: the Azeri Parliament, led by Mammad, declares Azeri independence.

1920: Soviet influence increases. Mammad quits and moves to Turkey.

1922: he creates Musavat party's Turkish office to help organize Azeri diaspora.

1931: things get nasty and Ataturk kicks him out of Turkey. He settles in Romania.

Around this time he goes to Berlin, meets the authorities, and the German intelligence services.

1940: Nazis invade Romania. The German embassy in Romania warns not to touch Mammad because he's a German agent. Mammad is given papers to freely travel to Germany.

1942: He visits Germany to participate in the Congress of Caucasus Emigrants. He helps Nazis to create a Legion consisted of Azeri volunteers and war hostages. Other Azeri officials helped him: ex Interior Minister, Shafi Rustambeyli, etc.

1942: Mammad uses his connections to help Nazis infiltrate southern Soviet cities of Mozdok and Taganrog.

1943: In Berlin's Kaiserhof luxury hotel, Mammad organizes a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of Azeri independence. German govt and public figures attend.

1943-August: Nazis make it clear they won't help create an independent Azerbaijan, no matter how much Mammah helps the Nazis. Mammad leaves Germany and settles in Turkey.

1947: Mammad uses his connections to smuggle 4,000 Nazi-Azeris out of Germany to help them settle in Turkey, so they'd avoid Soviet punishment.

1955: dies.

1993: Heydar Aliyev throws a party for his 110th anniversary. Postal stamps are printed with his picture. The 1,000 Manat bill features his face.

2013: Ilham Aliyev throws a party for his 130th anniversary. Stamps are printed.

Mammad has a street named after him in Baku and elsewhere. Many statues.

Video of Azer Nazi Legion: https://youtu.be/rYFJlmiKcSE

by Anna Chichyan: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1016072.html

Kapan police arrests men / Brutality accusations / Mayor's allies

Cops arrested 4 men in Kapan, Syunik. A picture of a bruised wrist and shoulder were uploaded, alleging police brutality. The Human Rights Ombudsman was asked to investigate.

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The arrested men are the friends of nearby Qajaran mayor (no party affiliation apparently). Qajaran mayor released a statement saying his offices were raided earlier and that this is part of "illegal political persecution of a democratically elected politician".

Qajaran's council joined their mayor and condemned the "illegal attack on the arrested men".

The men's friends gathered outside the police station to protest police brutality. They also demand men to be released.

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Armenia's police chief launched an internal investigation to investigate the excessive force accusations.

The protesters refused to send a group of 15 people to enter the police station and familiarize themselves with the situation. Later the Qajaran mayor went in.

Syunik Governor Hunan met the protesters and said anyone who is found to have applied illegal force will be punished. He dismissed the political motive behind the arrests.

The protesters agreed to open the police road and go home after they were given assurances that the police will do an honest internal investigation and that the arrested men won't be beaten after being transported to Yerevan.

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Pashinyan responded on Facebook: There will be no compromise with criminals and corruption. There will be a dry, legal, and if necessary, tough response.

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Armenia's former Human Rights Ombudsman commented:

The mayor of Qajaran has criminal connections. Former regime's circles and their media are quick to present the arrests as repression and human rights violation, while the incident hasn't been fully investigated yet. [brings other examples of what he believes are false accusations of political persecutions].

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Raids in Qajaran were done a few weeks ago. It's unclear if it's related to today's story.

ArmDaily outlet's sources say the early-May raids were over an armed conflict that happened earlier. Qajaran's ex-mayor asked Kapan's current mayor's family for help, while the other side of the conflict brought criminal subculture figures. The two sides met at a dacha. Shots were fired, people were stabbed. It all began after they got drunk and "remembered old problems".

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188644

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188653

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188648

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188657

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188659

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188660

https://factor.am/252733.html

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188662

http://armdaily.am/?p=90745

no felony case in Parliament

LHK Edmon and QP Sasun recently had a fight in Parliament after Edmon walked towards Sasun who then threw the first punch. LHK Edmon didn't view this as a felony case, but rather a political one.

SIS cited a Cassations Court precedence and concluded the incident doesn't qualify as a felony.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188607

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188615

LHK Edmon playing pool

https://youtu.be/u_3e7QNr9wA?t=3

Army thwarts Azeri infiltration attempt

A group of Azeri special forces unsuccessfully tried to infiltrate on Friday, before sustaining losses and retreating. Armenians have no losses.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188605

Lawyer's family is attacked by neighbors from hell

Lawyer Tigran Atanesyan's house was attacked. A group of men reportedly made threats towards family members. The police are investigating.

The lawyer's version of events: our home is next to Qanaqer's former theater building. Our kids play in that area. A few days ago the landlord told the kids not to play there anymore. The next day they built a fence. I didn't respond. They cursed my 7yo boy who was watching them from the window. They tried to break the window, then told my wife they'll demolish our house.

The lawyer is a Pashinyan critic and believes Pashinyan administration is behind the attack🍿. This is the second time he's attacked since 2017; last time he was attacked by an official from Chamber of Lawyers.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188611

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188608

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188611

Consumer Production agency busts price gauging...

....of orange, tangerine, kiwi, lemon, and ginger. The audit revealed that certain companies used their dominant market share to price gauge and sharply raise those produce prices in recent months.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188618

COVID news

+359 infected. +4 deaths. 6661 all-time (notice how it's triple-six... хрен-тв sources point to Bill Gates).

3064 healed. 3483 active.

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Pashinyan:

80% of new COVID cases are in factories and banks. We predicted that the inevitable re-opening of factories would raise cases. This is why we required safety measures. We must balance between healthcare and the economy.

Some of the COVID aid recipients had to visit local banks to get the aid, and since the safety wasn't always followed through in local bank branches, we ended up having new infections.

Overall it's within control, which is why we decided to gradually resume the economy. We'll continue to require and remind about strict safety measures. Businesses that ignore safety could be shut down for 1 month instead of 1 day.

New rules will require everyone to wear masks while doing any kind of sales/purchases in open or closed areas.

Studies show that even homemade masks are helpful but they must be worn properly. New rules will require everyone in a car (if >1 people) to wear a mask, whether they are family members or not.

Don't talk to others on the street without a mask, or without keeping a 1.5m distance. End.

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Healthcare Minister earlier said the Armenian healthcare system is better developed to withstand pandemics than in Georgia, and that Georgia might be under-reporting their cases due to different methodologies. Some Georgian politicians criticized his statement. He sent an apology to his Georgian colleagues.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188633

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188654

https://factor.am/252618.html

Farming news

Pashinyan visited Ararat Province and met villagers, who complained about lack of water, and asked for new irrigation systems. "We just want water. Farmers ain't beggers," said a farmer.

It turns out the farming lands and yield have increased but the infrastructure couldn't keep up. "We'll discuss this in govt session," responded PM.

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Another man complained that the local administration called them "Robik's puppets" for protesting over something. The governor noted that this is the most politically active village. Pashinyan joked that as soon as the governor relaxes, they get more protests.

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He then visited an "intensive garden" that was recently built with the help of a 0% interest loan from govt. The 12ha land grows special varieties of pear and cherry imported from the Netherlands and Italy. They can be exported to Europe.

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PM visited Verin Dvin where he was shown the anti-hail units places 1km apart. Ararat has 99 units, each covers 80ha land.

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"One thing I've noticed is that farmers are more receptive to new information. In the past they'd get defensive if you told them about better ways to grow trees," noted Pashinyan.

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Narek villager took a 0% loan and plans to seed uniquely Armenian berries and fruits on a 50ha land, with the help of high tech. The villager says the newly proposed electric grid and a bridge in the area will greatly benefit the business. He plans to build a tourist spot for wine and berry tasting.

PM then climbed a tree to pick cherries for his little daughter. Pic: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAkGil5nO2D/?utm_source=ig_embed

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188625

https://factor.am/252435.html

https://factor.am/252438.html

https://factor.am/252441.html

His name is no longer Neo

Nature Ministry held a Facebook poll to pick a name for the runaway leopard in Yenoqavan. His new name is Ընծա (դե արի ու թարքմանի).

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188624

Who is your daddy?

Apparently not Artsakh's new president Arayik Harutyunyan.

He joined Pashinyan's practice of asking Artsakh officials not to hang his portrait from walls. "If you hang portraits as a sign of respect towards the person, then hang the portraits of our fallen heroes instead," said Arayik.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188628

you like road repair videos?

Makaravanq: https://youtu.be/kpsLuDcRiJ0

Transportation in Armenia

Armenia has 3,500 public transport vehicles and 25,000 taxi drivers. They were contacted with COVID safety tips. The police ticketed a few dozen for over-crowding so far, after lifting the ban.

Since the ridership is down, they might alter the schedule and routes, for now, to make it profitable.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1016237.html

The budka genocide continues

Yerevan municipality asked a businessman to remove 30 legally built but expired back-to-back kiosks that surround the Arabkir Park. The kiosks divide the sidewalk from the park.

Pics: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/188643


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/gpwsk5/may242020_news_1_protests_after_raid_ends_with_4/


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