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 Marianna Mkrtchyan
The Police have detained 110 people in Yerevan. The detainees were taking part in the actions of protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Armenia.
The press service of the Armenian Police has told ArmInfo that the citizens have been detained because of their disobedience to the law-enforcers. "The Armenian Police will exert all efforts to prevent certain people's behavior from leading to negative consequences and, on the other hand, from restricting the other citizens' right to hold peaceful actions", says the statement of the Police.
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.