Armenian police quell protest march in central Yerevan
Azerbaijan, Baku Sept. 21 /Trend/
The police in central Yerevan quelled a protest march against the Russian troops' presence at Armenia's independence parade.
The crowd gathered near Martiros Saryan'a statue at 9:30 am, afterwards heading towards the Republican Square by chanting slogans "Free, Independent Armenia".
Levon Barseghyan, the initiator of the campaign, told reporters that Russia's commitments to Armenia, under an interstate agreement, are restricted only to protecting the Armenian-Turkish border.
"We are against waving the Russian flag at our independence parade, but we have nothing against the agreement," he said.
The police, which arrived in the scene shortly after, seized several banners from the protesters.
The first subdivisions of military parade have entered the Republic Square of Yerevan this morning.
Military parade is dedicated to 20th anniversary of Armenia's Independence
Edited by E. Tariverdiyeva