About 150 women had gathered in front of the general prosecutor’s office to demand fair trial and freedom for political prisoners. They also conveyed a letter to the prosecutor’s office.
“Today, we have not come here to celebrate our feast but we have come here to demand freedom for our husbands and men. Since they are in prisons, we cannot celebrate it,” says Heghine Harutyunyan, a participant of the action. That was included in the letter signed by the gathered women and conveyed to the general prosecutor’s office of Republic of Armenia.
People gathered near the prosecutor’s office had pictures of arrested
persons I their hands and a big poster Freedom to Political Prisoners.
Women were in black clothes, some wearing also black scarves although some were displeased with that, “Take off your scarves – what has happened to your relatives? You will wear black scarves on April 9, as a tribute to the victims.”
They were chanting Le-von, Free-dom… Police was not impeding – they were just regularly asking people to get out of the streets and standing on the pavements, for security reasons.
One of the first visitors was Melissa Brown – the wife of Alexander Arzumanyan. She had photos of her husband and some other prisoners in her hands. “We want to show that we have power – our power is our people. We will conduct gatherings, observing the law, in order to show that we are not scared,” she said.
Mariam, the wife of Husik Baghdasaryan arrested on February 27, says that his husband has been sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment for keeping illegal weapon.
“He had organized a big gathering in Masis for Levon Ter-Petrossian. Since he was Levon Ter-Petrossian’s supporter, they came, searched the house and said he had illegal weapon.”
Aram Sargsyan, the chairman of Republic came to express his support to women. They welcomed him dearly, some embracing him and asking about Levon Ter-Petrossian’s health.
In the end, Lyudmila Sargsyan, the head of SDHP, joined the demonstrators.
Women hoped that the general prosecutor would get out and listen to their protest. However, Aghvan Hovsepyan did not meet with them. 2 hours later, an employee of the prosecutor’s office brought roses to women, on the pretext of April 7 but the demonstrators refused to take them.
At 5, they walked to Northern Avenue where the opposition representatives presented them with tulips and daffodils on Levon Ter-Petrossian’s behalf.