by Tatevik Shahunyan
Free Democrats Party condemns detention of ten activists protesting against the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Armenia.
The party disseminated a statement saying that the Police impede the exercise of the right of the people to peaceful assembly. "The law-enforcers try to prevent the rally and the march of civic activists protesting against Armenia's accession to the Customs Union and the visit of Vladimir Putin to Armenia," the Party says in the statement and demands immediate release of the detained activists.
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. A public interest group of the citizens of Armenia who oppose Armenia's accession to the Russia-led Customs
Union started a protest action in the Liberty Square in Armenia. The protesters will march along the Northern Ave, Republic Square, Amiryan Street, Mashtots Ave, to the President's residence on Baghramyan Ave.