Scheider, president of the Parliamentary Assembly
of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called for
the "immediate release of the arrested Opposition
Scheider also called on Opposition parties to
Neither of those things has happened, as more
arrests were reported today and at least one account
has surfaced of intimidation by pro-Demirchyan
According to the Ministry of Justice at least
15 arrests have been made since yesterday, bringing
the total to 149 arrested since Saturday. Seventy-eight
are being held for 15 days, others have paid fines.
Demrichyan staff report that some of their proxies
are not sleeping at home, going from place to
place in efforts to avoid arrests. In fact, some
are said to be sleeping in Demirchyan headquarters.
The head of Demirchyan's campaign in Echmiadzin,
Manvel Mouradyan, said two days ago he had been
pursued by police.
"They come to our place, but they cannot
find us there. This morning they came again and
said they just want to invite us to talk to the
head of their department. But the reality is that
they want to bring me to account." Mouradyan
Mouradyan was out of hiding on Wednesday, gathering
with several thousand others at the Institute
of Manuscripts during an Opposition rally. An
acquaintance of Mouradyan's told a reporter: "Talk
to him today, you may not find him tomorrow."
According to Demirchyan spokeswoman Dustrik Mkhitaryan
this morning police in the Yerevan district of
Nork took a pregnant woman to jail after she refused
to tell them the whereabouts of her father, Abraham
Kirakosyan. When Kirakosyan learned that his daughter
was taken, he went to police.
Demirchyan proxy Felix Khachatryan said he got
a knock on his door at eight this morning.
asked who it was and they said they were from
the criminal department of the Ministry of Internal
Affairs. I didn't open the door and they knocked
for 30 minutes. I kept telling them I won't open
the door until you call an attorney."
Khachatryan called Tigran Ter-Yesayan, head of
the International Union of Armenian Lawyers and
says the police left when Ter-Yesayan and an OSCE
Demirchyan proxy John Sargsyan's wife, Hasmik,
says she feels "stupid" for opening
her door Saturday morning, but her husband said
"Why shouldn't we open it. What have I done?
If I am Demirchyan's proxy am I a criminal?"
John Sargsyan is now serving 15 days.
In Abovian, Demirchyan staff are blaming Kocharyan
supporters for a fire that ruined their Kotayk
Sambat Yeghiazaryan, a Member of Parliament,
who is Demirchyan's regional director, claims
there were documents concerning vote fraud in
the building. No one was in the office when it
People were inside, however, at the Datev TTT
travel agency, when Demirchyan supporters came,
ripping down pro-Kocharyan posters and threatening
Bella Gevorgyan, 30, says four men carrying sticks
came into the office on Nalbandian Street following
last Thursday's Oppostion rally and demanded that
she take down the Kocharyan campaign posters.
When she tried to protect the posters one of
the men made a threatening gesture as if to strike
her, then he and the others tore posters off the
windows and walls and threw them into the street.
Gevorgyan says that the men said that because
the agency was a "Kocharyan business"
they must do some damage, and started hitting
the office door with their sticks.
The staff, she says, was very frightened, but
eventually one of the men said something to the
effect that there were only women present with
no one to defend them, so the attackers should
"We called the police right away, but no
one ever came," Gevorgyan says. "In
protecting our President we didn't get any protection
from him. Probably the police were already standing
somewhere else (on guard during the demonstration)."
Workers at the agency said they still support
Kocharyan. They no longer have posters in the
window, but only because they haven't been given
replacements they say.
addition to his call for calm, Sehieder says PACE
is "seriously concerned at the shortcomings
and violations reported by international observers
after the first round of elections. If Armenia
wants to live in accordance with its democratic
obligations to the Council of Europe, these violations
must not be repeated in the second round."
In a surreal twist to this campaign, President
Kocharyan today invited three reporters to visit
the isolator where accused October 27 terrorist
Nairy Hunanyan is held.
For several weeks widespread rumors have circulated
that Hunanyan was dead, leaving some to speculate
that he was killed to prevent him from giving
damaging testimony that might link officials with
the December murder of journalist Tigran Naghdalyan.
The reporters, including those from "opposition"
press were allowed to look through a hole in a
cell door and confirm Hunanyan alive.
Following the visit Ministry of Justice spokesman
Ara Sagatelyan borrowed words from American essayist
Mark Twain to say that reports of Hunanyan's death
have been "greatly exaggerated."