The reason for the large-scale fight and murder that took place in densely-Armenian populated Akhalkalaki town of Georgia was the domestic dispute between the two sides, years ago. Artak Gabrielyan, coordinator of the council of Armenian NGOs in Samtskhe-Javakheti region, on Monday told NEWS.am that this dispute escalated on August 8.
He added that there were no injured at the moment. "People with minor bodily injuries were discharged from the hospital on the same day," Gabrielyan added.
And when asked how this incident can affect the local Armenian community, he responded that this was not a community dispute. "I do not think they will have any consequences. It is also not ruled out that there will be a vendetta, that this case will have a continuation. Police forces at the regional level are currently concentrated in the town. As of yesterday, surveillance was established at the entrances to the town," Artak Gabrielyan said.
To note, riots broke out in Akhalkalaki after the murder of Vardik Marabyan, 27, an Armenian resident of Kulikam village, and another 27-year-old Armenian was detained.
The murder was followed by the setting of fire to the hotel and restaurant belonging to Gabrielyan, who is the suspect of the murder in Akhalkalaki, as well as to several houses belonging to his supporters at the scene.