The New York Times writes about the aftermath of violent clashes in Armenia’s post-election protests noting that because of the state of emergency, which bans local media from interviewing opposition parties, only foreign media were present at a press conference by opposition leader and former president Levon Ter-Petrosyan.
Human Rights Watch, in a press release posted at its website, has criticized Armenia’s government for police brutality against post-election protesters:
While a state of emergency in Armenia legally bans protests in the capital city of Yerevan, many leftist Armenians in Southern California are at this minute protesting the election results and the government’s handling of the protests in Armenia. Some have called on fellow Armenian-Americans to ask Congress to condemn Armenia’s “repressive regime.”
Image: Feb 24, 2008 protest in Southern California via a press release
The protest in Little Armenia, a district in metro Los Angeles, is said to have started at noon on Sunday, March 2, 2008 (local time).
There was another protest a week ago in Little Armenia attended by thousands of Armenian-Americans according to a press release by the organizers. Some of the protesters, I am told from sources in California, are also angry with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s - a political party active in Armenia and the Diaspora - passiveness in the protests.