Armenia: Activists to protest for prisoner release in Yerevan, through mid-May

Activists are likely to continue protests in central Yerevan through mid-May to call for the release of Gayane Hakobyan. Hakobyan is suspected of attempting to kidnap the son of the prime minister of Armenia. Several hundred protesters blocked Arshakunyats Avenue, and then gathered in front of the Shengavit District Court of General Jurisdiction, May 19-20.

Heightened security and localized transport disruptions are likely near protest sites. While the gatherings will probably pass peacefully, minor skirmishes between police and participants remain possible.

Avoid the protests as a safety precaution. Allow additional time to reach destinations in central Yerevan. Heed instructions of authorities.