Passage on vehicles as well as on foot are restricted in the center of Yerevan. The Opera theatre and virtually all length of Mashtots avenue are blocked within a semi-triangle: police are prohibiting pedastrians and vehicles from entering the restricted are from Pushkin, Abovyan, Moskovyan, Tumanyan and Parpetsi streets.
According to the official note sent out by the Yerevan municipality yesterday, the area will be blocked from 10:30 to 16:00 today, while the presidential inauguration ceremony takes place in the Opera house.
Many people were approaching police and asking what was the reason for such strong measures – who were the authorities afraid of? Well – my answer is simple, I think the police are protecting Armenian citizens from the newly elected president.
Police blockade of Yerevan’s centre © Photos by Artur Papyan, Yerevan, 2008