Tuesday, June 01, 2010

ARMENIA: Journalist-photographer of “Armenian Times“ daily arrested. By German Avagyan (lightstalkers.o)

Journalist of “Armenian Times“ daily Ani Gevorgian was arrested late on Monday, after being taken to the police department with a group of opposition supporters who tried to stage a protest action in Yerevan’s Liberty square.

Gevorgian’s lawyer Lusine Sahakyan told RFE/RL, that the journalist has been charged on suspicion of attacking, or threatening to attack a law enforcement officer.

At least 15 people were detained in Yerevan on Monday as the Armenian police continued to block opposition access to a newly renovated square that has traditionally been the country’s main venue for political gatherings.

All but three of them were set free about four hours later. The police department of Yerevan’s central Kentron district declined to give precise reasons for their arrest.

Ani Gevorgian was one of those detained. Two opposition activists, Sargis Gevorgian and Davit Kiramijian, also remained under custody.

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