Yerevan—On the seventeenth day of his hunger strike at Liberty Square, Raffi K. Hovannisian presided over the latest in a series of public forums, an ongoing dialogue of political leaders, intellectuals, and activists. The discussions today were led by Petros Makeyan and Manvel Gasparyan, whose parties—Democratic Fatherland and Democratic Way, respectively—have joined the historic Barev Yerevan coalition, which will contest the municipal elections to take place in the capital on May 5.
Yerevan—As Raffi K. Hovannisian entered the sixteenth day of his hunger strike at Liberty Square, the Barevolution series of public forums continued to attract activist crowds to the heart of the capital. Led by Stepan Safaryan, secretary general for international affairs of the Heritage Party, and joined by intellectual Vardan Hakobyan of the pre-parliament movement, the day’s discussions were moderated by Levon Bagramian.
Yerevan—On Saturday, March 23, at 6pm, an unidentified man entered Liberty Square and, yelling and pushing violently through the crowd, made his way to the stage, where Raffi K. Hovannisian was taking part in the Barevolution’s weekly folk concert. As the man closed in on his target, the 20 or so policemen, assigned to keep the peace at the Square, stood idly by—deciding to intervene only when the citizens themselves blocked the potential assassin, when he was within ten meters of Hovannisian. Less than an hour earlier, those very policemen had been most efficient in mobilizing to form a human wall between Hovannisian’s supporters and a small patch of grass to prevent a veteran tight-rope walker from making a short acrobatic presentation.