Protests held by small and medium-sized businesses since the beginning of this week will not last long, because no serious political force backs them up, and the government will agree to some compromise, with the protestors putting up with it, political observers think.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan described as “cynical and shortsighted” the recent invitation by his Turkish counterpart to attend events marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in Istanbul on April 24 – the day when Armenians around the world will be marking the centennial of the Genocide committed in Ottoman Turkey.
French President Francois Hollande has confirmed that he would attend Armenian Genocide centennial commemoration events in Yerevan on April 24, while at the same time urging Ankara to come to terms with its past and “break taboos.”
On January 28, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on Ukraine, one of the points of which was stripping the Russian delegation of its voting rights at the Strasbourg-based body.
Popular actor Vardan Petrosyan, who was convicted on manslaughter charges and sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday, is likely to be released from jail in April, his lawyer told journalists after the trial.
Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh have denied Azerbaijan’s claims that its forces shot down an Armenian drone on January 29.
The Defense Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh called such reports in Azerbaijan as “false”.
Hundreds of representatives of small or medium companies, including market traders, demanded an ultimate answer to their demands as they continued their protests in front of the government building on Thursday.
A candle-lighting ceremony and other events took place at the Holocaust Memorial in Yerevan on January 27, the day when the world remembers the six million Jews exterminated by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Scores of demonstrators marched from the Cascade area to Liberty Square in Yerevan on Monday evening calling for justice in the case of a recent brutal family murder in Gyumri. They, in particular, demanded that Russian serviceman Valery Permyakov, who has been charged with murdering seven members of the Avetisyan family on January 12, be handed over to Armenian authorities.
A Divine Liturgy was offered at Holy Echmiadzin on Sunday on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the Armenian Army’s formation that will be marked on January 28. Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and Abp. Fr. Vrtanes Abrahamyan, the spiritual leader of the Republic of Armenia Armed Forces, conducted the service.