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EU calls on Armenia to release detained protesters

Source : 112 Ukraine

Also, the EU advises to launch a political dialogue to resolve the internal political crisis
19:41, 22 April 2018

112 Agency

The official representative of the head of EU diplomacy Maia Kosianchich called on the Armenian authorities to immediately release all detainees during the protests in Yerevan. This is stated in a message on the website of the European Union.

"All those who were detained in the exercise of their basic right to gather in accordance with the law must be immediately released," she said.

Kosyanchich recalled that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, in accordance with the law, is the universal and fundamental right of all citizens.

"The European Union expects that the Armenian authorities will fully respect this right and apply the law fairly and proportionally in accordance with Armenia's international obligations, including within the framework of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms," Kosyanchich quoted the website of the agency.

She also hopes that the short meeting between Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan and the leader of the opposition movement, MP Nikol Pashinyan, will not lead to further escalation of the conflict.

"It is extremely important for all parties involved to show restraint and act responsibly. We need an inclusive dialogue called by President Armen Sargsyan aimed at an immediate and peaceful settlement of the current situation," Kosyanchich stressed.

Let's remind, the protest action in Yerevan continues from April 13 because of the constitutional reform, according to which the form of government was changed, and the country instead of the presidential republic became parliamentary. The key person in the country is the Prime Minister. Ex-President Serzh Sargsyan was elected to the post of prime minister. It was because of his actions and his candidacy that protests began.

Sargsyan called an opposition MP and organizer of the protests of Nikol Pashinyan to a dialogue. Pashinyan responded to Sargsyan's proposal that he was ready to discuss only the issue of his resignation.

On the morning of April 22, a short meeting between Nikol Pashinyan and Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan took place at the Marriott Hotel in Yerevan. In response to Pashinyan's statement about the intention to discuss the terms of his resignation from the post of prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan accused the oppositionist of blackmail and left the hotel. After that, Pashinyan called for more protests, and the police began dispersing the demonstrators.

During the dispersal of the demonstrators, 228 people were detained by the police, and seven were taken to hospitals.

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