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Dress code? Yes, dress code! [Apr. 17th, 2007|03:50 pm]
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I totally agree with the author. Someone should translate this into Russian and pass it to young Armenians in Moscow too.

How [NOT] To: Armenian Genocide Protest

One day out of the entire year motivates Armenians to get off their butts and do something for their people: April 24th. On the 24th of every April, Armenians the world over - but especially in the Los Angeles area - take to the streets to protest the Turkish embassy for recognition of the Genocide. The younger generation especially goes out to protest.

If you're planning on doing the same, I have some tips for you:

1. April 24th is not a happy day. In fact, it marks the tortures and deaths of over 1,500,000 of our ancestors. Understand this thoroughly.

2. Don't wear your latest hot pink top or fluffy mini skirt to the protest. This isn't your bachelorette party, it's a solemn occasion. Ask yourself, "Can I wear this to a funeral?" If the answer is no, then pick something else. You will have 364 other days in that year to wear what you want.

3. April 24th is not an invitation to flirt or act like an idiot: you are there to remember those who have passed and protest to get our Genocide recognized. Laughing, playfully hitting some Armenian guy/girl, yapping on your cell phone, and in general acting like a moron is not fine. Leave your normal tendencies behind on that day, because it's not about you.

4. Turn down your music. We notice your 20" rims and limousine tint, even if we can't make out what car you're driving because of the 293 flags that you have on it. We get it: you care about the cause. Blasting Tupac so loud that people in China can hear you? Uh, no. Also, don't endanger the lives of everyone on the road: we protest to honor those who have passed and to make sure they are not forgotten, not to create a path of carnage with our cars.

5. Related to number 4, leave your fancy crap at home. Why do people attend with their LV purses, $500 cell phones, fancy jewelry, expensive clothing, and other obviously extra items? I'm not saying go to it naked, but leave your crap at home: this isn't show and tell.

If I sound a little bitter, it's because I am. Every year I see this and every year it seems to get worse. I understand: you're too young and not very bright. Kudos to you for deciding to dedicate one day out of your life to a cause greater than your own, but don't use it as an excuse to make a mockery out of everything we're fighting for. When the day comes that the Armenian Genocide is universally recognized - and that day will come - you can crash random funerals in your Infiniti G35 blasting 50 Cent - acting like and wearing whatever you please. Until then, please reconsider.

Via armoblog

UPDATE: Ի շնորհիվ kevork-ի ունեցանք նաեւ հայերեն թարգմանությունը։

[User Picture]From: anaid1708
2007-04-17 12:04 pm (UTC)
Well said! :)although I've never participated in any of those kind of protest rallies.
I remember from the last year's topic on genocide day in Moscow.It was pretty interesting and massive, can't find it now though.
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[User Picture]From: mkdotam
2007-04-17 12:53 pm (UTC)
Вспоминая толпу, которая ходит на Цицернакаберд, не помешало бы перевести и на армянский, распечатать флайеры и раздавать...
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2007-04-17 01:13 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mkdotam
2007-04-17 12:58 pm (UTC)
Ну и выводы делаются странные для меня, т.е. когда геноцид официально признают то уже можно делать все что хочешь?
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2007-04-17 01:12 pm (UTC)
Это ирония...
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[User Picture]From: dianochka5
2007-04-17 01:24 pm (UTC)
very nicely put!
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[User Picture]From: lycaeus
2007-04-17 04:56 pm (UTC)
oh man.. i don't think this will help.
last year i was driving from hollywood to glendale when i saw a few black beemers with soad blasting away like there's no tomorrow. one of the morons got into only lane where you're supposed to make a left, and when green light came up, he cut of three lanes(!)towards right to get ahead. most people in this city think april 24 is armenian fiesta day.
it's a cultural identity crisis.
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From: hjvm18k
2007-04-18 08:07 am (UTC)
I think we're forgetting the rules here:

In the USA people have the right to have a freedom of expression.


Don't ask and don't tell.
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2007-04-18 03:59 pm (UTC)
Well, people even have right to be idiots, however that can discredit what others do.
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[User Picture]From: kevork
2007-04-19 12:14 pm (UTC)
Армянский быстрый перевод, не очень важный, готов... Только я опять что-то не то сделал и в ЖЖ буквы Маштоца не буквы )))

Есть мыло? Может отправлю, как нибудь сможешь исправить и спасти мой "шедевр" от гибели?
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2007-04-19 12:25 pm (UTC)
info (at) armenianhouse.org
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2007-04-19 01:53 pm (UTC)
Մի փոքր խմբագրելու կարիք կա, մեկ էլ պետք է փոխել Յունիկոդի։ Էսա կանեմ։
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From: armoblog
2007-04-19 03:12 pm (UTC)

I authored that How [NOT] To: thanks for putting it up! It seems at least one person was confused about my conclusion: if you read it carefully, you will see that it is meant to be sarcastic and mocking.

Anyway, a big hello to my Armenian friends here. Hope to drop by again!

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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2007-04-19 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hi, Armoblog

> It seems at least one person was confused
> about my conclusion: if you read it carefully,
> you will see that it is meant to be sarcastic
> and mocking.
Yep, but we cleared that.

Actually it's not that terrible (yet) here in Yerevan, but Moscow protest looks more like what you described and becomes worse with every April 24th.
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