German-Armenian students' open letter regarding the murder of Vahe Avetyan
"We, German-Armenian students were deeply shocked by the murder of Vahe Avetyan.
This time the next victim of the criminal-oligarchic regime established in Armenia was a representative of the government, a military doctor, a Major. This fact is symbolic and shows that the existence of the current illegitimate regime in Armenia is already causing a threat to the foundations of Armenia's statehood.
A person who was officially called for protecting the lives of soldiers defending the country's security was brutally beaten for entering a restaurant with sportswear, after which he died a couple of days later. Who are the people for whom the life of a citizen and doctor of the Republic of Armenia is so invaluable? Those who tortured Vahe Avetyan and his two colleagues were none other than the bodyguards of NA Deputy, President of the Football Federation of Armenia Ruben Hayrapetyan and the security officers working at Hayrapetyan's Harsnakar Restaurant. It is no secret that in Armenia there are some people who place themselves above the RA Constitution and the law. Ruben Hayrapetyan himself has publicly spoken about that on different occasions, making it clear that "nobody has ever punished him" and that "he decides who is punished or not". By publicly preaching violence and impunity, this individual directly or indirectly motivated the human-like bodyguard-beasts to beat, as well as torture and kill Vahe Avetyan.
We express our deep condolences to Vahe Avetyan's family, friends and relatives and express our support to them. Vahe's murder is a challenge to the entire Armenian nation and its dignity. We can't let the real assassins remain unpunished this time either. Welcoming the participants of several protests that have been held in the past couple of days, with this letter we join the struggling citizens and their fair claims. At the end of the day, the people like Ruben Hayrapetyan who advocate violence, intolerance and murder must be brought to justice. We are very well aware that if our society doesn't actively fight and isn't persistent to make sure that all the culprits, starting from the perpetrators and ending with their patrons, are punished, then this incident will be concealed and this state of tolerance will continue and may lead to the murders of every citizen of the Republic of Armenia, regardless of their office and social status.
If our society, which we also form a part of, didn't allow the government to conceal the murders of Poghos Poghosyan, Levon Ghulyan, Vahan Khalafyan, Andranik Babayan, as well as the murders that took place on March 1, 2008, today we would see a totally different country and Vahe wouldn't have been killed. We have to realize that our fight is not only for the punishment of the real culprits and their leaders, but to live in a just and secure Armenia where such incidents will be prevented and ruled out."
The letter is signed by nearly 100 youth.
The petition continues.