Vendors say that despite recent improvements made to the market, opened in 1996, it needs to be better managed. They point out that the site is turning into a flea market of sorts where local handmade arts and crafts are being pushed aside by cheap Armenian souvenirs produced in China or brought from the Petak department store in Yerevan for resale.
Jirayr Sefilyan, sentenced on March 20, 2018 to ten years and five months, had his sentence cut to five years and five months.
As to why the demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Garegin II and new elections to replace him, Reverend Father Armen Melkonyan from Holland, who was stripped of his duties as a parish priest, told reporters that immediate reforms are need in the Armenian Apostolic Church but that many clergymen are afraid they’d be defrocked if they raised their voices.
Sefilyan told reporters covering the trial that all political prisoners in Armenia would be freed in a matter of days, and that those unjustly convicted by the courts would also be freed in time.
Toros Sefilyan, the brother of Jirayr Sefilyan, arrived in Armenia from Lebanon eleven days ago and says that he now wants to live in Yerevan.
On May 30, Armenia’s Court of Appeals will review his case and the appeals of six others sentenced alongside Sefilyan.
While the date as to when Armenia’s Court of Appeals will review the case of Jirayr Sefilyan, sentenced on March 20 of this year to ten years and five months on charges of preparing to foment public disorder, illegal arms possession, and conspiracy to seize government buildings, is not yet known, we do know that Judge Rouzanna Barseghyan will preside and will be assisted by judges Mkhitar Papoyan and Manoushak Petrosyan.
Yesterday, I arrived in a country that was different from the Armenia that used to be. See the happiness of people, so many smiles and courage!
Parents of 23-year-old Tigran Mazmanyan, a protest activist arrested on April 17, are former freedom fighters. His mother, Arpineh Harutyunyan, and father, Mher Mazmanyan, participated in the Artsakh War.