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04YEREVAN1207 2004-05-25 06:10:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Yerevan
Cable title:  

MAY 21 OPPOSITION RALLY CALM, NO NEW

Tags:   PREL PGOV PHUM AM 
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					  UNCLAS YEREVAN 001207 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR EUR/CACEN, DRL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM AM
SUBJECT: MAY 21 OPPOSITION RALLY CALM, NO NEW
ARRESTS

REF: YEREVAN 1190



1. (U) Sensitive But Unclassified. Please treat
accordingly.



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LARGE RALLY, BUT CALM


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2. (SBU) Despite concerns raised by the May 20
preventive detentions (reftel), the May 21
opposition rally attracted roughly 12,000-15,000
participants, proceeded calmly, and was followed by
no new arrests. The opposition has called the next
rally for Friday, June 4.



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COMMENT: NO NEWS FOR NOW


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3. (SBU) The (relatively) large numbers of
protesters notwithstanding, the crowd never
displayed the "energy" that opposition leaders are
still hoping to generate -- and with the weekend
papers filled with yet more articles and editorials
on in-fighting and bickering among key opposition
leaders, it remains unlikely that they will be able
to garner significant support among the population.
ORDWAY