Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Monkey See, Monkey Do.

Regarding the "March of Dissent". There are certain rules, they stipulate that such activities are regulated by local authorities. In addition to those people that go to the march concurring or dissenting, there are other people on the rights which we must not forget. If you decide to hold a "March of Dissent" - I apologize for being too harsh things, say, the hospital where you will interfere with sick children - who are from the local authorities there will allow you to conduct this march? And rightly so, that the ban! And now you want to spend it where people want to go on Friday to the country, for example, simply.
Vladimir Putin, Russian PM and dictator, Newsru.com via Google translate

They are coming in groups to stage protests here. What for? These people have the right to rest . See, there are more than 100 people enjoying themselves here. There are whole families, children.
Robert "Bazaz" Melkonian, Armenian ment and a dictator's executioner, via Radio Liberty 

Via Unzipped and Ani

9 comments:

Ani said...

More fun than a barrel of monkeys, yes?

Ani said...

Speaking of "thinking of the children"...More pretexts for censorship. Wonder how soon this will be picked up by the Armenian government:
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/children-give-duma-pretext-for-censorship/407312.html

[...]
United Russia deputies want the population to accept packaged newspapers, edited television newscasts and a ban on action movies in prime time in the name of sheltering the innocence of children.

A United Russia-drafted bill on protecting children from information harmful to their health and development aims to limit the media's dissemination of pornography, obscene language, drug use, alcohol, smoking and violence.

nazarian said...

I thought Russian already had heavily censored and controlled TV.

Ani said...

A new excuse to tighten the noose? "Think of the children..." Of course, Armenia has been thinking of the "children" every time a protest is planned.

Anyway, the new plan in Russia is a way to attempt to shut down the Internet: it's becoming way too popular, and things are slipping through.

nazarian said...

This reminds me of South Park when Sheila Broflovski says "What about the children?".

Vrej said...

Որտեղ ՀԱԿ այնտեղ քաք:

(poxarinelis arden hnacac payqar payqar minchev verj-e)

Ani said...

Ah yes, the children....Look at this ludicrosity! Story gives new meaning to "monkey bars": http://bit.ly/dl42Am ArmeniaLiberty: Opposition Activists Questioned By Police

[...]
In a related development, the HAK-connected Committee to Protect Political Prisoners said on Monday that it will go ahead with plans to stage a brief sit-in in Liberty Square on June 18 in support of opposition members remaining in jail. The Yerevan municipality refused to sanction the protest last week, saying that the square has already been booked for daily festivals for children that started June 10.

nazarian said...

Little Yerevantsi are the luckiest children in the world. Nowhere else have I seen for a municipality to devote so many resources to the well being of the children as long as these resources can be used to block the Liberty Square.

Ani said...

When Diaspora Armenians dream of visiting Yerevan and seeing the famous Opera House with its statues of Spendiarian and Tumanian, I wonder if they visualize those statues looking down on a huge, moronic, bizarre water slide (well, no I don't). Hard to Photoshop that out of your pictures, and the way things are going, it might become a permanent feature.