Different figures given for Armenia opposition Saturday rally

Different figures given for Armenia opposition Saturday rally

Interfax news agency, Moscow
10 Apr 04


Two opposition parties held a rally in central Yerevan on Saturday [10
April] which was one in a recent series of meetings to demand the
removal of Armenia’s leadership.

“The current Armenian regime is doomed as it is impossible to keep
power by force,” the leader of the Justice party, Stepan Demirchyan,
told the meeting, whose number of participants was put at about 20,000
by the organizers but at a maximum of 2,500 by the law-enforcement

It was announced at the rally, organized by the Justice and National
Unity parties, that there would be an opposition procession on Monday
along the street in Yerevan where the presidential residence and
parliament stand.

Opposition leaders told the rally that several dozen opposition
activists had been detained since Friday and that the arrests were

A police spokesman told Interfax that “there have been arrests of
citizens for breach of peace but not for participation in an illegal
rally.” He said he could not name the exact number of those arrested.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS