Arrests taking place in Armenia ahead of opposition Saturday’s major rally: 4 people arrested

News.am, Armenia
Feb 20 2021

A number of people were detained Friday evening on suspicion of creating a fake account named Gagik Soghomonyan on Facebook.

Employees of the National Security Service detained the co-founder of Quartet Media Karen Bekaryan when he was home. A search was also carried out in the office of the former Chief of Staff of the Armenian National Assembly Ara Saghatelyan and two other adjacent offices, after which Ara Saghatelyan was brought to the National Security Service (NSS). Lawyer Mikael Shkhimyan wrote on his Facebook that his client, Mher Avagyan, was knocked to the ground and videotaped in the presence of the NSS building to stage a show.

Azerologist Anzhela Elibegova and constitutional expert Gohar Meloyan were also detained by the NSS but were later released. Friday night, Legal Way NGO co-founder Ruben Melikyan told reporters in front of the NSS building that Karen Bekaryan, Ara Saghatelyan, and Mher Avagyan had been arrested as well.

Immediately after this information became known, the fake user 'Gagik Soghomonyan' shared a post, shortly after which another person was arrested, Melikyan noted adding that the arrested person was also in the NSS building. Thus, the number of arrested has reached 4 at the moment.

    

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Arrests taking place in Armenia ahead of opposition Saturday’s major rally: 4 people arrested

News.am, Armenia
Feb 20 2021

A number of people were detained Friday evening on suspicion of creating a fake account named Gagik Soghomonyan on Facebook.

Employees of the National Security Service detained the co-founder of Quartet Media Karen Bekaryan when he was home. A search was also carried out in the office of the former Chief of Staff of the Armenian National Assembly Ara Saghatelyan and two other adjacent offices, after which Ara Saghatelyan was brought to the National Security Service (NSS). Lawyer Mikael Shkhimyan wrote on his Facebook that his client, Mher Avagyan, was knocked to the ground and videotaped in the presence of the NSS building to stage a show.

Azerologist Anzhela Elibegova and constitutional expert Gohar Meloyan were also detained by the NSS but were later released. Friday night, Legal Way NGO co-founder Ruben Melikyan told reporters in front of the NSS building that Karen Bekaryan, Ara Saghatelyan, and Mher Avagyan had been arrested as well.

Immediately after this information became known, the fake user 'Gagik Soghomonyan' shared a post, shortly after which another person was arrested, Melikyan noted adding that the arrested person was also in the NSS building. Thus, the number of arrested has reached 4 at the moment.

    

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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