The common man’s view on the election…

Joel Gillin

The Armenian news outlet Hetq interviewed a Yerevan garbage man and asked him about his opinion on the coming elections. There are no subtitles, but the English article on their website translates to most important parts of the interview.

His opinions are all too common in Armenia. As in the United States, people who have been marginalized don’t see the point in voting. Many Armenians know that no politician or political party cares about their needs, and thus find voting for the slightly-less-corrupt candidate as useless. Corruption in all and at every level of the institution is widely known and often accepted, though certainly most would like the situation to improve.

The man says would rather not accept a small bribe for a vote and maintain his dignity:

Tell me, who should I vote for and why. How long can we be cheated? Do you think I can accept a…

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