Armenia’s first president and presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrosyan says today that the opposition applied to Yerevan Municipality for a sanctioned rally for 21 March (when ‘state of emergency’ formally ends), but they got rejected. They will continue applying for all subsequent days. However, he did not exclude the possibility that the ‘state of emergency’ will continue after 20 March.
Levon Ter-Petrosyan re-asserted his previous claims that the opposition will resume protest actions against the ruling regime as soon as the 'state of emergency' is lifted, since current authorities are lacking legitimacy.
In relation to continuous detentions and arrests of opposition figures and his supporters, Ter-Petrosyan says that the authorities cannot achieve anything with these repressive means: “The era of political prisoners is gone.”
According to Ter-Petrosyan, the authorities are nervous since they understand that they bear responsibility for blood on the streets of Yerevan.
Earlier today, in an interview with Radio Liberty, Levon Zurabyan, Ter-Petrosyan’s former press secretary, reiterated their commitment to EU principles of resolving political crisis in Armenia: lifting state of emergency; restoring civil/media liberties, and release of political prisoners to create a basis for a dialogue. He effectively stated that the main subject of negotiations should be new elections. Zurabyan claimed that the authorities are making big mistakes by detaining opposition leaders who are important for keeping the protest movement in organised forms.
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*based on Radio Liberty broadcast