Yerevan bans Freedom Square opposition protests

4 April 2011 - 12:54pm

The mayor’s office of Yerevan has banned the Armenian National Movement from holding protests at Freedom Square, News Armenia cites the website of the city’s administration.

The Armenian National Movement Party is part of the Armenian National Congress. The organization requested permission to hold protests at  Freedom Square and a march according to a route: Freedom Square – Mashtots Avenue – Amiryan Str. – Republic Square – Nalbandian Str. – Tumanyan Str. – Freedom Square.

The mayor’s office did not permit protests on April 18-19, explaining that other events were planned in the area.

The authorities offered the protest to be held at the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts “Matenadaran”.

The last meeting of the Armenian National Congress was held near the “Matenadaran” on March 17. The protest turned into a march heading to the Freedom Square where meetings have been forbidden for 3 years. The police allowed the protesters to pass.

Read also

Sep 19 2014 - 19:42
"I cannot agree that the talks are inactive. The problem is that the contacts between the leaders of the two states are rare. The last summit was held in November, 2013. It's a good sign though that the two presidents have manage to meet with each other," one of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov said. 
Sep 19 2014 - 15:01
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was special in the post-Soviet space because the UN Security Council had passed four resolutions to settle it. He reminded that Armenia was ignoring the resolution and continued occupation of 20% of Azerbaijani territories.According to Aliyev, 1 million Azerbaijanis were refugees and displaced persons. The Azerbaijani president assured Turkey that territorial integrity will be restored sooner or later and thanked the country for support.
Sep 17 2014 - 14:31
Prosperous Armenia, the Armenian National Congress and Heritage will hold a joint anti-government protest on Freedom Square in Yerevan on October 10, according to secretary of the Prosperous Armenia Party faction Naira Zograbyan, reports.Dashnaktsutyun, however, will not join the protests or visits to regions of the country. The three parties will inform the public about constitutional reforms and the 12 demands made to the government.
Sep 17 2014 - 12:33
The Prosperous Armenia Party has hosted a meeting to discuss preparations for a joint protest in Yerevan and visits to regions of Armenia. Prosperous Armenia is represented by the secretary of its faction Nira Zograbyan, MPs Stepan Markaryan and Vardan Oskanyan; Dashnaktsutyun by head of the faction Armen Rustamyan, secretary Agvan Vardanyan and MP Artzvik Minasyan; Armenian National Congress by head of the faction Levon Zurabyan and secretary Aram Manukyan; Heritage by head of the faction Ruben Akopyan and secretary Tevn Pogosyan, reports.
Sep 16 2014 - 12:25
Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ognyan proposed lifting the draft deferment of students. He explained that everyone should have equal conditions and cancelling the deferment would lower corruption risks, reports.The Armenian government has tried to cancel the draft deferment several times but the public has always spoken out against it. Roben Akopyan, the leader of the Heritage Party, and Tevan Pogosyan, the secretary of the party’s parliamentary faction, have recently composed a bill to end the deferment.
Sep 12 2014 - 19:50
Moscow's Basmanny Court prolonged today the arrest of Armenian businessman Levon Ayrapetyan. The entrepreneur is accused of illegal privatization of the Bashneft oil company.