The Velvet Revolution - Turning a New Page in Armenian History (Update)

On May 8th 2018 opposition leader and former journalist Nikol Pashinyan was elected Prime Minister of Armenia. The previous day he was joined by Rockstar of the band System of a Down Serj Tankian, adding more euphoria and a new spark to the tail end of the Revolution. Now that Sargsyan has stepped down and been replaced by Pashinyan the sense of the Velvet Revolution has come to a close, however the euphoria still lingers in the streets and I believe a new phase for the future of Armenia has begun. There are still people showing their support wearing t-shirts with Pashinyans portrait printed on them and the iconic Duxov hat written in Armenian script that translates as “Be strong.”

The day Pashinyan was elected as the people’s choice...

Thousands of citizens in support of Pashinyan began to gather at Republic Square around 10:00 am patiently listening to live music and waiting for the live stream of the election to take place. Around 15:00 Pashinyan won the backing of 59 lawmakers and 42 voting against him, everyone began to celebrate like a repeat of April 23rd when Sargsyan stepped down. Strangers were dancing together in the streets, popping bottles of champagne, and cooking Khorovats for others. May 8th was truly another monumental date that will go down in Armenian history. The revolution doesn’t stop here and now that this page in Armenian history has been turned the euphoria and excitement for changes within the country will translate into getting things done. Even though this will not be an easy task to accomplish all of the goals that the people hope to achieve, the peoples’ determination and call for action will continue to drive this movement, something that has not been seen in decades.


 Popping Bottles of Champagne on Amiryan Street

Popping Bottles of Champagne on Amiryan Street

 Dancing in the Streets 

Dancing in the Streets 

 Snowball fights in Republic Square 

Snowball fights in Republic Square 

 Cooking Khorovats in Republic Square 

Cooking Khorovats in Republic Square 

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 Evening Storms Rolling in 

Evening Storms Rolling in