Youth Demonstration in Support of Tigran Arakelyan

Youth March by Caucasian Knot

Photo by The Caucasian Knot

Yesterday, on Friday, 14th of August young members of Aremnian National Congress (ANC) and particularly members of HIMA and Hatuk Gund youth intiatives organized a youth demonstration in support of Tigran Arakelyan – opposition young activist – who was detained on 5th of July (Day of Constitution) based on the fabricated charges of hooliganism (more about the case here and here).

Opposition young activists started their demonstration from the ANC Headquarters and continued downtown Yerevan. They were holding posters in support of Tirgan and other political prisoners as well as they were chanting famous opposition slogans such as “Struggle, struggle till the end” and “1+1+1+1+1+”.

Representatives of the opposition youth activists reaffirmed their readiness to organize regular public awareness raising demonstrations until all political prisoners are set free. Next demonstration is scheduled on next Friday, 21st of August.

No incidents were recorded with policemen although they were following the youth through the whole demonstration.

More coverage and pictures from here.

We have Wikipedia page NOW!!!

Finally, we have set up the Wikipedia page of HIMA and it can be accessed from here. Please share it with your networks!wikipedia-logo

36+35 are ready to go to prison instead of Arman Babajanyanjan

babajanyanThirty-six youth members of the ANC made the following announcement on July 30, in defense of Arman Babajanyan, chief editor of Zhamanak daily newspaper:
“Arman Babajanyan’s extremely poor health has forced us to announce that we, the undersigned, are ready to take his place in prison for one month, in exchange for his early release.”
The announcement is still open to signatures.

Addendum: On July 31, 35 more young members of the ANC from the United States have joined the petition.

From Haykakan Zhamanak and Azatutyun Radio.

See also the Open Letter from Human Rights Watch to Armenian Prime Minister and Minister of Justice regarding Arman Babajanyan  and the letter of Reporters Without Borders.