An action of tribute to the victims of March 1, as well as protest against the clashes of March 1 and the following arrests that took place during the state of emergency was staged in Yerevan yesterday. E-channel reports, that the police had announced about the illegal nature of the protest.
At the beginning of the action, at 17:00, a few thousands of protest action participants had gathered at the Northern Avenue.
At 17:10, people started moving by the pavements to the square near the Myasnikyan monument. Many of them had photos of arrested people, as well as candles in glasses. Near the Myasnikyan monument, the police banned people to congregate, and a part of the action participants decided to go on walking to the Mashtots Avenue and reach the Opera.
Near the Margaryan hospital, the police approached the action participants, announcing “Your march is not licensed, please disperse.” The police banned the action participants to move on. An electric shocker was applied against a man – he was forced into a police car and taken away. The police demanded people to disperse, prohibiting them to stand at that segment of Mashtots avenue. A 60-years-old man asked the police, “Are you cleaning the area?” A police commander with an electric shocker instructed to take that man into a police department. The latter did not resist and quietly got in the police car.
About 15 minutes later, there were no participants of the action of protest in Mashtots Avenue.
The action of protest took place at other parts of the city. People managed to stand for an hour on the road from the Republic Square to the Myasnikyan monument, with candles and photos of arrested people in their hands. There was another row in front of them – the row of the police. At 19:00, the action was over, and the participants dispersed.
Photo and video via E-channel.am.