Armenian opposition suspends protests until June 4

Armenian opposition suspends protests until June 4

May 24 2004

Yerevan. (Interfax) – The Armenian opposition intends to suspend
its protest activities until June 4, prominent opposition leader
and former prime minister Aram Sarkisian said at a rally in downtown
Yerevan on Friday evening.

“If our arrested friends are not released by this date, we will march
to President Kocharian’s residence and explain our demands to him,”
Sarkisian said.

Sarkisian said hurrying could harm the opposition’s struggle for a
change of power in the country.

“The opposition should not hurry its actions,” he said. The Friday
rally in Yerevan was organized by two forces represented in the
parliament, the Justice bloc of parties and the party National Unity.

The organizers claimed that the rally gathered about 30,000 people,
while the police said there were no more than 4,000.