This morning, on behalf of President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, flowers were laid near the statue of Myasnikyan as a sign of tribute to the victims of the tragic events that took place on March 1, 2008 in Yerevan, as reported the Staff of the President of Armenia.
Exactly 12 years ago, tragic events took place in central Yerevan, taking the lives of 10 citizens.
In the wake of the presidential elections that took place on February 18, 2008, the supporters of first President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan gathered at Liberty Square with the demand for a recount of the votes and held round-the-clock rallies at Liberty Square for ten consecutive days.
On the morning of March 1, police dispersed the crowd by force, after which people started gathering near the statue of Myasnikyan. On the evening of the same day, President Robert Kocharyan declared martial law. The clashes took the lives of 10 citizens, including two police officers, and another 200 received injuries of various degrees.
The ten victims were Gor Kloyan, Davit Petrosyan, Tigran Abgaryan, Tigran Khachatryan, Armen Farmanyan, Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, Hamlet Tadevosyan, Grigor Gevorgyan, Samvel Harutyunyan and Zakar Hovhannisyan.