Armenian Civil Society Outraged by Obama's Congratulation

A group of human rights activists, among them recipients of US State Department’s Universal Rights Awards, staged a protest-action in front of the US Embassy in Yerevan to express outrage over US President Barack Obama’s congratulatory message to the Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian for his reelection.

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Boutique construction at the expense of Mashtots park resumes amid protests

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A week-long sit-in by Armenian environmental activists was dispersed today as police used force to make space for the construction of fashion boutiques at the expense of the few remaining green areas in central Yerevan.
The activists have been claiming, that construction of the boutiques in the little ragged park lying on both sides of Yerevan’s widest and most central Mashtots avenue, should be called off.
Meanwhile, the municipal authorities say the construction is legal and should go on notwithstanding protests.

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Post-Election Armenia: Time To Pick Sides?

There is a lot of confusion in Armenia today. Information and misinformation flows follow each other – it is becoming harder to distinguish truth from lies. Protests continue in Yerevan’s Freedom Square, where opposition candidate, First President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrossian’s supporters demand recognition of their candidate’s victory, although there was no objective indication throughout the electoral process, that Ter-Petrossian’s claims are true. On the other hand, demonstrations are staged in the regions of Armenia…

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Random Feelings After a Sleepless Night With Protesters

I really really want to sleep… don’t feel like working – with so many exciting things going on… I spent the night going back and forth from Opera house to a nearby cafe, then to home and back, then to my office and back… …and all that time I couldn’t help feeling guilty and responsible for everything that’s happening now. We all are responsible, aren’t we? But some are brave enough to stand up and…

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Armenian Opposition Protest the Election Results

Opposition Protest in front of Government Building © Photo by Artur Papyan, Yerevan, 2008 Armenian opposition gathered more then 50 thousand supporters for a rally protesting the election results in front of Matenadaran today, closing the Mashtots avenue from Matenadaran till Nairi Cinema theater. Nikol Pashinyan, one of the most vocal opposition leaders, editor in-cheif of the Haykakan Zhamanak daily announced, that the opposition denounces the elections, and calls for a new round of elections….

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