ZHARANGUTIUN PARTY’S CENTRAL OFFICE REOPENED
YEREVAN, MAY 29, NOYAN TAPAN – ARMENIANS TODAY. “In our days RA
citizen should protect his rights. If there is no realization of one’s
rights, we will have neither power, nor opposition or statehood,”
Raffi Hovhannisian, Chairman of the Zharangutiun (Heritage) party,
declared on May 29 when the party’s central office was reopened. The
Zharangutiun party’s central office, according to Raffi Hovhannisian,
was illegally closed on March 4: first they broke the office door
bursting into the office, then changed the lock and sealed it.
R.Hovhannisian said that on April 11 they applied to the court with a
claim to open the office which was sustained on April 14. But the
opening of the office had been delayed by now for some reasons.
According to R.Hovhannisian, this reflects the campaign “conducted by
the current power towards its own citizens.” “One cannot achieve its
purpose by horrifying, intimidating, threatening, misleading the
society, closing offices,” the Zharangutiun party Chairman declared.
It was also mentioned that as a result of specialists’ check-ups it
will be found out, whether the property and documents belonging to the
party were damaged or not. The Armenian Center for National and
International Studies headed by former RA Foreign Minister,
Zharangutiun party Chairman Raffi Hovhannisian has been renting an
area in the building of Hakob Paronian theater for already 12
years. According to the agreement signed between the Center and
theater management, they have the right to occupy the area until June.
Theater Director Karo Shahbazian unexpectedly declared that they
should immediately leave the rented area as henceforth it belongs not
to the theater but to the Ministry of State Property. This was
followed by the closure of the party’s office, at that, the theater
management affirms that the office door was broken by their
representaties and the party representatives consider this a political