Public forums draw hundreds of citizens to Liberty Square
Yerevan—The second in a newly-launched series of public forums was organized today at Liberty Square, where former presidential candidate Andreas Ghukasyan led a spirited debate among hundreds of citizens as Raffi Hovannisian took his hunger strike into its ninth day. Joined by film director Arshak Zakaryan and moderated by political activist Levon Bagramian, the discussions surrounded the topic of civil disobedience as a form of political struggle.
Yerevan—On Day 8 of his hunger strike, Raffi K. Hovannisian called the first in a series of open-air public forums, aimed at engaging popular opinion on a variety of political, social, and cultural issues. The inaugural forum was organized by journalist and MP Nikol Pashinyan, joined by lecturer Ara Harutyunyan, and moderated by political activist Levon Bagramian. Hundreds defied the rain and gathered under umbrellas to listen to the speakers and to debate the day's topic: the formation of the newly-elected president's government.
Yerevan—On the seventh day of Raffi K. Hovannisian’s hunger strike at Liberty Square, political meetings and consultations continued, as thousands of citizens poured into the square to offer their solidarity to the rightfully elected president of the Republic of Armenia. As promised, the evening brought the highly anticipated Barevolution rock concert, which featured powerful performances by the bands Vostan Hayots, Vordan Karmir, and Daydream.
Yerevan—Raffi K. Hovannisian’s hunger strike entered its fifth day at Liberty Square. The poet Violet Grigoryan early in the morning joined Hovannisian for a one-day hunger strike of her own. In the afternoon, Hovannisian led a Barevolution victory rally in front of many thousands with Nikol Pashinyan, Garegin Chugaszyan, Suren Zolyan, Armen Poghosyan, Arsen Ghambaryan, Rafael Hambardzumyan, and other speakers.