Armenian Activists Claim Police Confiscated Leaflets


Radio Free Europe, Czech Rep.

Aug 20 2007

August 20, 2007 (RFE/RL) — Armenian police stopped opposition
activists from distributing leaflets during the official opening of
the Pan-Armenian games in Yerevan on August 18.

A number of top government officials, including President Robert
Kocharian, were at the opening of the weeklong games, which gather
2,500 amateur athletes from Armenia and the Armenian diaspora.

Vardges Gasparian, a representative of the opposition movement
Aylentrank (Alternative), told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service that three of
the group’s members were detained after distributing leaflets calling
for the release of individuals they consider political prisoners. They
were released only after the intervention of the Aylentrank leader
Nikol Pashinian, according to Gasparian.

Zaruhi Postanjian, a lawyer and parliamentarian of the opposition
Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, claimed police confiscated her bag of
leaflets and other documents.

"One of them [police] grabbed my hand and took my bag," she said.

"They said they wanted to talk to us and ordered us to follow them."

She claimed before her bag was confiscated, police had attempted to
seize leaflets from her but retreated once they learned she was a
parliament deputy. Postanjian has filed a complaint and is demanding
that her documents be returned.

Police have declined comment on the alleged incidents, but said they
are looking into Postanjian’s allegations.

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