A few days ago I posted a photo story about an LTP rally in Yerevan. A few readers commented about the author's biased coverage of LTP and the owner of the pictures required that either the pictures are removed or I disallow any criticism of his work. At first I decided to retain the pictures and censor the comments. But I think that was the wrong decision (the freedom of speech is more dear to me than a post with fancy pictures) so now I have removed the pictures and any reference to the copyrighted material.
Show of force.
[Website...]has posted a few photographs from Levon Ter-Petrossian's rally yesterday. The LTP campaign had a meeting at the Liberty Square and then marched to the Republic Square.
Normally, this would not be a big deal if there was no warning from the Yerevan Municipality about prohibiting any demonstrations or marches by the opposition. By marching LTP wanted to show that the campaign will not be intimidated by such warnings. Surprisingly, the police did not interfere with their brutal suppression as they usually do in such cases.
[photo of a policeman at the rally, removed at the author's request]
The LTP supporters exiting the Liberty Square. A policeman (bottom right corner) is keeping a close eye.
[photo of a KGB operative at the rally, removed at the author's request]It was not only the police who kept a close eye. A KGB operative (bottom right) films the participants.
Update: According to the LTP campaign, the Yerevan Municipality was notified and the rally was sanctioned under the Armenian law.