Armenian presidents to announce amnesty
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will pardon those who were arrested during the March 1 events in Yerevan, Radio Liberty quoted Speaker of the Armenian parliament Ovik Abramyan as saying. He said the president will announce amnesty on May 28, the Day of Independence.
It is noticeable that representative of opposition Heritage faction Stepan Safaryan asked the speaker while approving agenda of parliament's session why the agenda did not include restoration of immunity of MPs Sasun Mikaelyan, Myasnik Malkhasyan and Akop Akopyan. "We are watching events. I am sure that these processes are positive and we will achieve positive results. I want processes related to our colleagues to be positive," Speaker Abramyan said. But he did not reveal what was the matter. He said just "believe me," Armenia Today reported.
Political situation in Armenia deteriorated after the presidential elections on 19 February 2008, when opposition, dissatisfied with the election outcome and led by former Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosian launched a massive protest action.
On March 1, police conducted "an operation to clear the Square of Freedom" beating demonstrators. As a result, ten people were killed, including eight civilians and over 250 people were injured.