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
The situation in the Northern Avenue in Yerevan is growing tense.
ArmInfo's correspondent reports from the scene that activists with flags of Armenia and Ukraine moved towards the Republic Square from the Northern Ave. The Police have blocked the way to the Republic Square where the Government building is located. Activists changed their way and are now moving to the President's residence in Baghramyan Ave.
On the halfway, the activists again changed their way and moved to the Republic Square. After hot debates, the police opened a 'corridor' towards the Square. Deputy Head of the Police Valery Osipyan urged activist David Sanasryan to make a statement and ask the demonstrators to peacefully approach the Government building. They are carrying banners "Independent Armenia" and "For Barricades." The activists handed over a letter to a representative of the Government demanding revision of the decision to access the Customs Union. Afterwards, they moved to the president's residence in Baghramyan Ave singing the anthem of the Republic of Armenia. Police patrol the central streets of Yerevan.
Protest actions against the Russian president's visit to Armenia started early in the morning on 2 December. Activists were detained after they tried to hang 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.