YEREVAN — Supporters of hunger-striking opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian gathered near him today in Yerevan’s Liberty Square and, in defiance of municipal order, erected up a small collapsible tent intended for the Heritage party leader to rest as he completes the ninth day of his “freedom fast”.
It comes after a group of activists sent a public petition to the president, demanding to instruct the police to allow them setting up an umbrella or a tent, where Hovannisian could get shelter instead of spending the night in the open air.
MP of the Heritage party Zaruhi Postanjyan said that the police did not intervene because there was a big crowd there.
The crowd gathered near the tent surrounded by Heritage MPs was waiving Armenia’s tricolor flag, singing the country’s anthem.
On Tuesday the police hindered efforts by Heritage members to set up an umbrella on Liberty Square for Raffi Hovannisian, tearing apart the umbrella and taking away its metal poles.
In the meantime, Postanjyan did not rule out that the police might come up with unexpected steps.
“The police are controlled from Baghramyan 26 [the presidential administration]. [And] I can’t say what atmosphere there is in Baghramyan 26,” she added.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Israeli Knesset Debates Recognition of Armenian Genocide

The Israeli parliament debated Tuesday whether to commemorate the Armenian genocide

Transparency International: Armenians Still Skeptical About Government Fight Against Corruption

YEREVAN — Most Armenians remain skeptical about their government’s declared efforts to…

Armenian History Events at University of South Florida in Tampa

TAMPA, FL — Despite the success, fame, and occasional notoriety of Armenians…

Ambassador Movses Abelian Appointed UN’s Coordinator for Multilingualism

NEW YORK — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Under-Secretary-General for…