U.S. Embassy urges protesters and Police to adhere to peaceful means

The U.S. Embassy in Armenia has issued a statement, strongly encouraging police and protesters to adhere to peaceful, legal means for freedom of assembly as provided for by the Armenian constitution.

“We urge the government to show restraint to allow for peaceful protest and we urge those exercising their freedom of assembly to do so responsibly, to avoid violence, and to prevent an escalation of tensions,” the Embassy said.

“We are concerned over reports of violence against journalists and demonstrators; we emphasize the need for those responsible for violence against police or demonstrators to be held accountable under the law,” it added.

“A peaceful resolution requires meaningful political dialogue in good faith,” the statement reads.

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