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Armenia: Yerevan Opposition Protest Draws Large Crowd

Women held photos of the 10 people killed during the March 1, 2008, clashes between government opposition protesters and security forces. (Photo: Anahit Hayrapetyan)

A relatively strong turnout at a rally in Armenia on March 1 indicates the political temperature in the South Caucasus country is rising.

Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Yerevan in support of the Armenian National Congress (ANC), the main opposition group to President Serzh Sargsyan’s administration. They were ostensibly commemorating the third anniversary of a violent clash in Yerevan connected to the disputed results of the 2008 presidential election. But marchers also were eager to show their displeasure with the Sargsyan administration’s handling of the economy.

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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and the editor of MediaLab.am.

Armenia: Yerevan Opposition Protest Draws Large Crowd

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