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 Ashot Safaryan
Today's actions of the Armenian police resembled the notorious Ring operation (a military operation conducted by Soviet Internal Security Forces and OMON units against peaceful Armenian population in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1991), Heritage Party says in a statement concerning today's action of protest against President Putin's visit to Armenia.
The party believes that the protesters acted according to the law, while the police's actions were illegal.
An action of protest against the Russian president's visit to Armenia started early in the morning on 2 December. Activists were holding banners "Serzhik's father has arrived!" and "No Customs Colonization!" in the city. Earlier today, activists hanged a colorful bathrobe and a boot over the underground passage in Khanjyan Street. The police and the activists clashed in Amiryan Street, and about 22 people were detained. ArmInfo's correspondent reported from the scene that the police were severely beating the activists, including women and journalists. People are also chanting "Serzhik, go away!" out of the windows of their houses and offices.