Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by Nana Martirosyan
After a 16-day hunger strike, Leader of Tseghakron Party Shant Harutyunyan was moved to Hospital for Prisoners on January 9.
Harutyunyan's wife Ruzan Badalyan says that he was taken to hospital around 2 pm, however, he is still on a hunger strike. To note, he is not allowed to see the members of his family.
To recall, Shant Harutyunyan was arrested following the 5 Nov 2013 developments in Liberty Square. The clashes in Liberty Square started at 5:30 PM when the demonstrators came across a police cordon. The police say that the demonstration was not sanctioned. As was reported earlier, the demonstrators were moving to Mashtots Park, when Shant Harutyunyan tried to cross the street against the traffic lights. The police's attempt to stop him ended in a skirmish. Harutyunyan and his son were detained. Some demonstrators began blowing up bottles with gasoline. Earlier Shant Harutyunyan organized a picket in Liberty Square. He stood there with a poster saying "I am Declaring a Revolution!" A total of 37 people were detained, 14 of them were arrested.