"This is a political issue; it's not a matter of law — what are attorneys going to do? There is no justice in Armenia.
Albert is the sole provider in the household — and he has not been working for the past 6 months. The family is now barely surviving.
Ara Zakaryan, the lawyer who defending journalist Tigran Petrosyan, one of the fourteen political activists arrested in Yerevan on November 5 last year when they attempted to stage a protest march on the Presidential Palace, has told reporters today that the charges aginst his client have been changed from “assaulting a representative of the government” to “hooliganism”.
A petition in defense of political prisoners, demanding the release of demonstrators arrested on Mashtots Ave. on November 5, 2013, organized in Kapan from February 3–7, 2014, collected 1,538 signatures, one of the organizers, Gevorg Gasparyan, informed Hetq.
With the permission of his mother, Hetq speaks to Shahen, son of jailed dissident Shant Haroutyunyan. The political activist attempted to stage a “revolution” with several followers in November, 2013. Haroutyunyan was subsequently arrested and is now receiving medical care at a correctional facility awaiting trial.
Several hundred people marched through the streets in Yerevan today in defense of Shant Haroutyunyan, the political activist who attempted to stage a "revolution" with several followers in November 2013.
Haroutyunyan however expressed concerns that if he is transferred to a psychiatric hospital, as ordered by the courts, his safety might be in danger.
I would equate Shant’s act with the Pussy Riot incident in Moscow. A group of girls entered the church and danced for 40 minutes.
The police later reported that the twenty protestors taken into custody had been armed with clubs and set off home-made fireworks when authorities instructed them not to disturb the public order.