Aylyntranq rally on March 16th

CRD / TI Armenian Election Monitor 2007 has an account of Aylyntranq rally held on March 16th, 2007 on Matenadaran square:

Today saw another rally held by the Aylentrank (Alternative) movement outside the Matenadaran in Yerevan. The meeting attracted only a few hundred people and was much less than the already small gathering attracted for its first open air meeting held in Liberty Square on 20 February. A1 Plus was one of only a few media outlets reporting on the meeting.

The blog has also speaks about conflict of interest for young political activists, working in international organizations like UN and trying to get active in the political life of the country. Incidentally one of such people, Aramazd Ghalamkaryan (also a blogger) has been effectively fired from UNDP, and two other young political activists have decided to leave MIAK to comply with the UN regulations.

What was most interesting about today’s event, however, was for CRD-TI Armenia to have the opportunity to talk to local blogger and Aylentrank activist, Aramazd Ghalamkaryan. Until recently, Ghalamkaryan was an Information Associate at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia until his political activities resulted in his suspension. Unreported by the local media, rumor and speculation about his dismissal has been spreading in Yerevan in recent days.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant