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Armenians march to commemorate deadly 2008 clash

March 1, 2019

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — About 10,000 people have gathered in the capital of Armenia to mark the anniversary of a deadly clash at a 2008 protest rally in which the current prime minister was one of the leading figures.

Friday’s gathering came less than three months after a court ordered former president Robert Kocharian jailed pending trial on charges of violating constitutional order in connection with the clash.

Kocharian sent police and soldiers to break up a demonstration protesting results of an election to choose Kocharian’s successor. Eight demonstrators and two police died in the crackdown.

The protest organizers included Nikol Pashinian, who is now prime minister. Pashinian rose to power last year amid protests against the governing Republican party, whose leader succeeded Kocharian in 2008.

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