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Ruling Party Urges Calm After Gyumri Unrest


Armenia - Police detain a participant of a demonstration in Yerevan against a deadly shooting spree in Gyumri, 15Jan2015.

Armenia - Police detain a participant of a demonstration in Yerevan against a deadly shooting spree in Gyumri, 15Jan2015.

President Serzh Sarkisian’s ruling Republican Party (HHK) urged Armenians to avoid further unrest in connection with the deadly shooting spree in Gyumri that triggered violent street clashes there late on Thursday.

HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov said they should refrain from “undue political evaluations” related to Monday’s killing of six members of a local family allegedly perpetrated by a Russian soldier.

“I call for calm and serenity,” he told journalists after a late-night meeting of the party’s governing board. “A tragedy occurred and it’s wrong to use it for looking for enemies in our country.”

“Any increase in the extent of agitation will not help matters in any way,” Sharmazanov said, according to Tert.am. “Everything must be done to have the criminal strictly and legally punished.”

Sharmazanov did not explicitly mention the clashes between protesters and riot police deployed outside the Russian consulate in Gyumri.

It was not immediately clear whether HHK meeting was chaired by Sarkisian. The latter has still not personally made any statements regarding the shock killings.

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