After being closed for a lengthy construction project, Freedom Square in downtown Yerevan has again turned into a venue for confrontation.
The square reopened on May 24 after nearly two years of work to build an underground parking garage, at a cost of approximately $11 million. The area was the scene in early 2008 of opposition protests over the alleged rigging of that year’s presidential election. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive]. At least 10 people were killed and hundreds injured during a violent, election-related confrontation on March 1, 2008. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive].
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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan.