Armenia's opposition ANC holds rally on Liberty Square again

10:58, April 09, 2011      

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Opposition bloc Armenian National Congress (ANC) on Friday veered off its authority- sanctioned rally venue to enter a downtown square for yet another rally within a month in a banned place.

After some negotiations, police cordoning off the Liberty Square earlier in the day stepped back to allow the opposition demonstrators to enter the square which had been barred from public rallies since March 2008.

On March 17, ANC also talked police into allowing its followers and supporters to enter the Liberty Square for the first public rally since March 2008.

The Yerevan municipality had originally agreed to allow ANC to hold its planned rally at a nearby public building - the Matenadaran Depository of Ancient Manuscripts.

ANC coordinator Levon Zurabyan, who personally negotiated with the police on duty at and around the square on Friday, said: "Taking into account that the Armenian authorities are vividly not going to carry out the demands of the Armenian National Congress, we have no other way out but to start decisive actions to sober them.

"The political spring of Armenia is entering a new stage, and from now on we call on our people to start the preparation for civil disobedience campaign all over the republic."

Eyewitnesses said several thousands of demonstrators had gathered at the Liberty Square for the ANC rally.

Founded after the 2008 parliamentary elections, ANC is a union of 17 opposition parties of the South Caucasus country. ANC is now led by Armenia's first elected president - Levon Ter- Petrossian.

Levon Ter-Petrossian has been demanding earlier parliamentary and presidential elections in the country.

Armenia is scheduled to hold its next parliamentary elections in 2012 and presidential election in 2013.

Source: Xinhua
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