YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A presidential spokesman’said on Tuesday that the opposition’s calls for a change of power and violence–along with its unsanctioned rallies and marches–have developed into political extremism that stands to jeopardize Armenia’s stability and tarnishes the international image of a country that has chosen the path of democracy and radical reform of its economy.
Spokesman Ashot Kocharian argued that law-enforcement bodies were forced to intervene to maintain public order–and that their actions did not go beyond the framework set by law. "The police interfered after the anti-government rally had disrupted the work of the president and the parliament–endangering the county’s constitutional order," he said.
He said police stepped in after demonstrators refused to obey their orders. "The capital is under the full control of the authorities and all government agencies are functioning normally. The authorities are firm in their resolution to apply all measures–according to law–to preserve stability and stave off manifestations of extremism," he said.