“I would like to congratulate you on your reelection as President of the Republic of Armenia. I look forward to continuing our work together as we both begin our second terms.” - President Barack Obama, 2 March 2013
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) April 02, 2013
Ara K. Manoogian, a human rights activist from Burbank, California, is embarking on a week-long, cross-country road trip to Washington, D.C., beginning on April 2, 2013, the 17th day of his protest hunger strike. Manoogian articulated his opinion forcefully in an open letter to the President, and intends to culminate his hunger strike in front of the White House on April 9, 2013, in anticipation of promised responses from President Obama and the State Department.
During his trip across the nation, Manoogian aims to share his viewpoints with the American public. Heading eastward from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., community stops will include public meetings in cities and towns of ten states and the District of Columbia. The trip ending in the nation's capital, as well as the gatherings held with local residents in various locations along the way, will be featured in a documentary entitled “One-Dollar Democracy”, which is intended to further enlighten, inform and empower the American public.
It is Manoogian's opinion that Obama's congratulatory letter to Serzh Sargsyan regarding his re-election for a second term as President of the Republic of Armenia provides convincing evidence that his communication was premature, having been sent12 days after the polls were closed on February 18, 2013, and despite the fraud documented by official international observers, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). According to Manoogian's perspective, the widespread and well-documented election fraud was committed to ensure Sargsyan’s second term in office, allowing Sargsyan to willfully claim electoral legitimacy. The full text of President Obama's congratulatory message was posted in an official press release dated March 2, 2013, and is available on the website 'President of the Republic of Armenia.'
Another instance supporting Manoogian's point of view is U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Marie L. Yovanovitch's unredacted and classified report, titled 'The Business of Politics: Leading Enterprises of Political Elites', reported on Wikileaks on September 1, 2011, and available online. In this report, Yovanovitch states," ... Broadly speaking, almost all the most lucrative sectors and enterprises are divided into one of two major political/economic pyramids: one headed by President Serzh Sargsian [sic] and the other by ex-President Robert Kocharian."