Protests to be held on Freedom Square in Yerevan today

28 April 2011 - 9:14am

Protests on Freedom Square in Yerevan will be held by the opposition Armenian National Congress for the first time in three years, News Armenia reports.

Freedom Square has been a symbol of independence in Armenia since 1988. However, it was closed for protests after the events on March 1-2, 2008. Clashes between the police and protesters resulted in 10 people dead and 200 injured.

Levon Ter-Petrosyan, leader of the Armenian National Congress and the first President of Armenia, expressed fears about the closing of the square to protests at the last opposition meeting. The ban on protests was lifted from April 28.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said on Wednesday that the authorities are ready to make the first step towards the opposition. He noted the peaceful nature of the latest protests and the opportunities for protests on Freedom Square.

The president expressed hope that the square will become a place for announcing alternative ideas.

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