Proposal text: Lragir.am
Tigran Arakelyan has made an announcement that he is restarting his hunger strike as of September 8th, at 10 am. The following is a summary of his statement:
He notes that he has been in prison since July 5th, and in the prison hospital since July 15th, as he is suffering the effects of having been hit on the head by the butt of a gun by someone in the group which attacked him and the other youth. He has been treated well while in the hospital, but his condition is worsening. It no longer matters to him when his illness will reach a critical point. No investigation has been made of his case, and no reason has been given for the 2 month prolongation of his imprisonment.
He considers himself to be a political hostage, imprisoned solely for his political views. He does not consider the actions against him as personal, but rather as actions against the active youth, and against the people. From the beginning, the authorities hoped they could silence and intimidate the youth. But they were unsuccessful, and it is time they resigned from such methods.
He apologizes to his friends, the members of HAK, and the RoA President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, all of whom tried to persuade him not to go to this extreme form of protest due to his present poor health. However, he is standing by his decision to go on hunger strike.
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.
Thirty-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.
“I was illegally detained on July 5 on alleged charges of hooliganism. In reality, I was distributing flyers informing about a July 2 opposition rally sanctioned by the Yerevan City Hall.
Just at that moment we were attacked by a group of bandits in plainclothes.
On July 6, I went on a hunger sign in protest of my illegal detention. Later in the day, my friends Karen Karapetian, Narek Aivazian, Sargis Gevorgian, Sargis Khachatrian, Arakel Semirjian, Arayik Mirzoyan and Gor Sargsian joined the hunger strike with a demand to release me.
Taking into consideration the fact that I was detained for two months and being concerned about my friends’ health condition I stop the hunger strike and urge my friends follow my example.
Our struggle is incontestable and our victory inevitable.
We shall win,” runs the statement.
Please join the newly opened Facebook Group in support of Tigran Arakelyan who was detained on 5th of July by Armenian Police based on the fabricated case of hooliganism.
The group is titled “Release Tigran Arakelyan – The Youngest Political Prisoner in Armenia” and can be accessed here.
Please note that you should be subscribed with Facebook to be able to join the group.