Armenian Diaspora in USA Gets Aware of Mining Problems in Armenia
In the youth center of Armenian Diaspora in Glendale City “Teghout Support” environmental activist Yeghia Nersisyan made a speech on “Activism, Environment and Democracy Building”. He covered such a painful topic in Armenia as mining industry, “We experience a serious problem with mining industry…Armenia “lay” under mining companies and permits using itself at cheapest cost…Everything goes to “black” holes, while insignificant remainders are left in Armenia…The Diaspora is well aware what a genocide is…but Armenia is now experiencing a real genocide – Armenia is becoming deserted. If this rate continues, Armenia will have a population of 100,000 by 2010. Armenia should have a flow of Armenians from Diaspora and we will defend Armenia and our rights together,” Yeghia Nersisyan said.
The meeting lasted for almost two hours. Then the film about mining industry was shown produced by “Davidyan video production”. The youth, Teghout supporters, demand to stop soil plundering. They speak about superprofits which international companies make at the expense of not paying for environmental pollution and are almost out of tax area. They touch upon serious problems and bring certain examples, not only Teghout project, but also other large mining projects, such as Zangezour copper and molybdenum combine, Amoulsar gold mine, Sotq gold mine, Shahumyan gold-polymetallic mine. The video record with the film has been uploaded to YouTube.