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“Vernatun” public-political club condemns the apprehension of activists and calls on the authorities to refrain from the working style of turning dissent into hatred and hostility. This is stated in the statement that “Vernatun” public-political club issued on its Facebook page today.

The statement particularly reads as follows:

“Today founder of VETO movement Narek Malyan, representatives of Adekvad union Artur Danielyan, Konstantin Ter-Nakalyan (Ter-Nakalyan is also the founder of Blognews.am), Grigor Minasyan and Azat Adamyan, as well as President of “Civil Consciousness” liberal NGO Narek Samsonyan were apprehended today.

The official rationale for depriving the activists of liberty was the suspicion of the presence of illegal weapons or use of narcotics which entails several questions and reinforces the view that there was a totally different aim.

“Vernatun” public-political club views this as an attempt to repress and silence political opponents through repressive measures, and this will further deepen the atmosphere of intolerance and tension within society and pose a threat to our country’s national security.

We condemn the incident and call on the authorities to refrain from the working style of turning dissent into hatred and hostility.

We view the tendency to use security forces for interior political goals as inadmissible.

The domestic political developments are almost completely inadequate to the serious internal and external challenges facing our country.

If own thoughts and pretensions are not subordinated to state and national interests, we will all see the grave consequences of all this.”

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