PARTICIPANTS IN OPPOSITION'S PROCESSION PAY A TRIBUTE TO MEMORY OF 1 MARCH 2008 VICTIMS BY LAYING FLOWERS AT MONUMENT TO MYASNIKYAN

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Tuesday, March 1, 20:40

The participants in the procession organized by the oppositional
Armenian National Congress (ANC) paid their tribute to the memory of
1 March 2008 victims by laying flowers at the Monument to Myasnikyan.

AmInfo correspondent reports that at the moment the protesters are near
the Monument to Myasnikyan, where the tragic developments took place 3
years ago. Meanwhile, when commenting on the statements, according to
which the police detained several supporters of the ANC, Coordinator
of ANC Levon Zurabyan said that he possessed no such information.

The next rally will take place Mar 17. According to the opposition,
over 50,000 people took part in the rally. The police say 9,000-10,000.

07:00 PM the Armenian National Congress started a procession. Several
thousands of people led by ANC leaders marched along Mashtots Avenue
demanding the Armenian President's resignation.

To recall, the Armenian opposition headed by the first president of
Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan held rallies in the center of Yerevan
starting 20 Feb 2008 and expressed discontent with the voting results.

On March 1 the protest actions turned into disorders and clashes
between the protesters and law-enforcers. As a result, 10 people died,
over 200 were injured. The reasons of the tragedy and the culprits
have not been detected yet. After the March tragedy dozens of people
were arrested on charge of the mass disorders, 9 of them are still
in prison.

The Armenian National Congress headed by the first president of
Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan was set up on 1 August 2008. The ANC
includes about 20 political parties and organizations. The main
demands of the ANC are: releasing the political prisoners; restoring
the constitutional rights of the citizens; holding snap parliamentary
and presidential elections.




From: A. Papazian