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Levon Ter-Petrosyan: "Armenian authorities were obliged to disperse election protests in Yerevan"

01 March 2008 [13:44] - TODAY.AZ
Armenian authorities were obliged to disperse election protests in Yerevan, as they had no other way out.

The due announcement was made by Armenian ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

"The authorities have in fact deceived the international community, assuring that there will be no violence", Levon Ter-Petrosyan, one of the opposition leaders, told an urgent press conference on Saturday.

He found it difficult to tell anything about the reaction of the international community. "International observers have already departed and few foreign reporters are left", Ter-Petrosyan noted  and said that due notifications were sent to all diplomatic representations and international organizations, accredited in Armenia, immediately after the protest startup.

Ter-Petrosyan noted commenting on the further actions that opposition plans to appeal to the Yerevan city administration to get a permission for conduction of meetings and rallies. "If the city administration does not give a permission, we will hold the meeting anyway, as in line with the Constitution, such actions can be prohibited only in case of emergencies, which have not been declared, however", the ex-president noted.

It should be noted that riot police have dispersed the rally of Levon Ter-Petrosyan's supporters, who hold peaceful protests at the square of Freedom withi 10 days, demanding new presidential elections.

Ter-Petrosyan was brought to his residence guarded by officials of the personal guard of the Armenian President. Though, he is not under the home arrest, he is prohibited to leave the house.


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