Armenia: Rally on genocide remembrance day ‘unethical’ says FM

Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan said that holding a rally on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day would be «unethical,» during a joint press conference with Armenian Minister of Justice David Arutunyan in Yerevan on Monday. «The Armenian nation and the Armenian diaspora has always consolidated in the commemoration of the innocent victims of genocide rather than manipulating or abusing... Еще it for their own political ends,» he said. Talking about the detention of protesters and opposition leaders, Arutunyan said «there are cases when even a peaceful rally may be broken up by the police. These are cases when the rally disproportionally infringes or restricts others' constitutional rights or public interest. Yesterday the police took this decision.» Protests in Armenia began on April 13, shortly after the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) nominated former Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan for the prime minister’s post. Thousands have been rallying since April 17 when the Armenian Parliament elected the ex-president as head of the government. The opposition called for Sargsyan’s resignation. The leader of the opposition movement Armenia’s Civil Contract Nikol Pashinyan has reportedly declared the start of a national «non-violent Velvet Revolution». The newly elected Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan stated he will leave his post only after dealing with Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

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