ArmInfo.The rally, which will be held on March 1, is in no way connected with our campaign. This was announced at a press conference by the Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures, head of the "Yes" headquarters Suren Papikyan.
He noted that the campaign starts on March 2, and it is unclear why some people are trying to somehow connect these events. "The rally and the procession will be organized in memory of the victims of March 1, 2008. What happened in Armenia on March 1, 2008 is a terrible event, and we simply have no right to forget about it," Papikyan emphasized.
The Minister noted that this is precisely why the campaign will start on March 2, so that these events are not identified in any way.
To the remark of journalists, aren't members of the Civil Contract party afraid to organize such a large-scale rally, given the threat of the coronavirus, Papikyan stated that there is no such threat in Armenia. "The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation in the country, and at the moment we do not have such a danger," said the head of staff, "Yes."
It should be noted that on March 1, 2008, the Armenian police used force against citizens holding a peaceful rally on Freedom Square in Yerevan in protest against the falsification of the presidential election. Rallies lasted about 10 days. The use of force by the police killed 10 people. The names of the killers to this day are not disclosed. On October 23, 2008, Serzh Sargsyan created a group of experts whose purpose was to collect facts about the events of March 1, 2008. However, in June 2009, he dissolved this group.