Armenian opposition launches sit-down protest action

Armenia Materials 21 February 2008 17:26 (UTC +04:00)

(PanARMENIAN) - An opposition rally in support of Armenia's first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan started in Yerevan. The RA Police and Mayor's office reported the rally is not authorized.

"The Mayor's office did not authorize the rally and we must inform the public about it," the police said.

Meanwhile, the rally participants announced a sit-down protest action and have no intention to break up. Policemen do not interfere.

"We will hold peaceful actions and will not yield to provocations," said Ararat Zurabyan, chairman of the Armenian National Movement.

Orinats Yerkir party, whose leader Artur Baghdassaryan was backed by 16,66% of voters, announced that election staff head Heghine Bisharyan will address the rally, Armenian media reports.

According to preliminary results, Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan won the presidential election with 52,86% of votes.