Vote 2013 | 09.04.13 | 19:15
Armenian police blocks opposition march past Presidential Palace
Earlier, Hovannisian announced they would go to the Genocide Memorial at Tsitsernakaberd with candles lit in their hands for “the new dawn of Armenia”. He appeared to have yielded to people’s pressure for the march to be staged along Baghramyan Avenue.
Hovannisian protests the reelection of President Sargsyan, who was officially sworn in for a second five-year presidential term earlier on Tuesday.
Part of the protesters led by Hovannisian chose to take another route towards Tsitsernakaberd bypassing Baghramyan Avenue. Another, apparently hardline group of opposition activists, including Nikol Pashinyan, Andrias Ghukasyan and others, however, continued the standoff with the police not far from the presidential compound.
Ghukasyan announced the start of a sit-in urging all those who can “resist the police without force” to stay. “Those who cannot, leave,” said the former candidate.