supporters of Presidential candidate Stepan Demirchyan
rallied last weekend in the wake of Robert Kocharyan's
re-election, their leaders called on the Opposition
to build a "tent city" of protest in
Some answered the call, as by Monday, clusters
of tents could be found near the Central Election
Residents of different regions of the republic
with flags and posters gathered in two camps on
the left and right sides of the CEC, before the
building's barbed wire hedge.
Day and night people from Hrazdan, Gavar, Abovian,
Kotayk, Ashtarak, Yerevan, Gyumri, Ararat, Echmiadzin,
Martuni gathered as the first days of spring were
a bit kinder for such things than the previous
The participants talked to each other from time
to time, after shouting "Demirchyan is the
president", "Kocharyan leave" and
other slogans. They shared their concerns, made
fires in the evenings, and ate meals prepared
by residents of nearby buildings and other districts.
mother of three children Hasmik Nahapetyan shouted
as she railed about the huge number of people
leaving Armenia, about her children, who had left
the country, about loneliness and justice.
"We are here to make the Central Election
Commission to come to their sense, open voting
boxes and to make fair calculations," says
Vika Karapetyan. "People are with us. We
are not going to stop our action till there is
Others also vowed to carry on till the end.
But for "tent city", the end came about
three days after it began. By Wednesday the protestors
had gone back to their homes, some vowing to set
up action outside Constitutional Court when Demirchyan
files his formal complaint alleging the election
was stolen from him.