Demonstrations are ongoing in Yerevan as of the morning (local time) of Monday, May 20, amid the trial of former President Robert Kocharyan. Protesters are blocking entrances to courthouses across the city to denounce a release order for Kocharyan issued on May 18 by the Court of First Instance of General Jurisdiction.
A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are anticipated near the demonstration sites. Further demonstrations by supporters of Kocharyan are possible in the near term.
Former President Robert Kocharyan, who was arrested in December 2018, is facing charges of "overthrowing the constitutional order of Armenia" and bribery during his term as president. Kocharyan is accused of being complicit in the deaths of 10 people during post-election demonstrations in 2008.
Individuals in Yerevan are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid protests and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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