Opp. Persuade Police to Liquidate Cordons Blocking Prez Palace


YEREVAN, APRIL 12. ARMINFO. Participants of the oppositional rally who
have gathered near the presidential residence at present demand that
President Robert Kocharyan comes “out behind the barbed wire to held
an open dialogue with the people.” They also demand that Police Head
Hayk Haroutiunyan comes to the meeting and explains why the
presidential residence and the National Assembly are surrounded with
barbed wire. At present, four oppositionist MPs: Victor Dallakyan,
Gagik Kostanyan, Grigor Haroutiunyan and Smbat Ayvazyan are near the
building of the National Assembly and try to meet NA Speaker Artur
Baghdasaryan in order that the latter joins the rally participants.
However, the law-enforcers who surrounded the NA building do not allow
the MPs to enter the Parliament. The people “gave an hour” to the
authorities to fulfill these demands, otherwise, “the people will
resort to other measures,” said Secretary of the Justice bloc Victor
Dallakyan. He said that tonight the opposition leaders will visit the
country’s regions to gather their supporters and “block all the
entries to Yerevan from regions.” In his turn, Leader of the Republic
oppositional party Albert Bazeyan said that “only several meters
remain to the change of power.” Leader of the National Unity party
Artashes Geghamyan asked the policemen to open the cordons adding that
their “names will be added to the history of Armenia with gold

It should be noted that representatives of the RPA faction, the United
Labor party and the “National Deputy” deputy group follow the action
sitting on the grass in the territory of the NA.