Why Armenians Call for a Velvet Revolution

For almost a week now, huge rallies have shaken the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where Nikol Pashinyan, one of the leaders of the movement, called for a “velvet revolution”. But will the protesters this time successfully press for democratic accountability?

By Sonja Schiffers

New City Image: Yerevan and Tbilisi

Lado Vardosanidze – architect, expert on urban studies, Professor at the Technical University of Georgia;
Hrachya Poghosyan – architect, Deputy Chair of the Urban Planning Council of Yerevan Municipality;
Levon Abrahamyan – anthropologist, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.

By Vladimer (Lado) Vardosanidze