Breaking the Silence Over Armenia – Event in Amsterdam

I received the following announcement by email today. It might be of interest for people who are in Holland at that time.

Breaking the Silence Over Armenia

An Impression of the Political Situation Through the Eyes of the Armenian Opposition

Free entry

Date: 18 June 2008
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: De Balie in Amsterdam, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10
Language spoken: English

The recent Armenian elections of February 19th caused a great commotion throughout the Armenian society. According to official sources, the elections were won by the candidate from the ruling party and former prime-minister Serzh Sarkissian. However, many people did not believe the official results, and grew bitter over their international acceptance. Opposition leader and first Armenian president Levon Ter Petrossian brought thousands of unsatisfied citizens to the Liberty square in Yerevan. The protests eventually resulted in violence between the demonstrators and the police, bringing about 10 deaths. The government announced a state of emergency during which the city was quiet for 20 days. The demonstrations that followed were of a smaller scale. Levon Ter Petrossian has thus far been under home arrest, and has only made one public appearance.

Very little of the above-mentioned events appeared in the news in The Netherlands. Even for those speaking Armenian and/or Russian objective news was hard to come by, as most Armenian and Russian internet news websites were pro-government.

On June the Alfred Mozer Stichting is organising a public meeting dedicated to the political situation in Armenia. The featured guest speaker is Gayane Sarkissian, member of the campaign team of the opposition leader Levon Ter Petrossian. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subject. Other Armenia experts will also voice their reactions.

If you wish to attend or request more information please contact Marina Ohanjanyan, tel. 020 5512280, e-mail: stagiairams@pvda.nl. We hope to see you there!

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