LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A small crowd gathered outside the Los Angeles Consulate General of the Republic of Armenia on July 13 to protest the murder of military doctor Vahe Avetyan in Yerevan in June, and deliver a series of demands to the government of Armenia.
Avetyan’s cousin was one of the protesters, and made a heartfelt plea that the laws of the land be implemented and simple justice be served upon those who murdered his relative.
The approximately hour-long protest drew a photographer from the Glendale News Press and the Glendale Police Department.
Consulate staff allowed only one person to enter the building from among the demonstrators to deliver the list of demands, which follow:
1- An emergency session of the Armenian National Assembly be convened;
2- The Prosecutor General indict Ruben Hayrapetian as a co-defendant in the Avetyan murder case;
3- Hayrapetian be dismissed from the National Assembly for violating its rules that prohibit entrepreneurial activity by sitting deputies;
4- An impartial investigation be conducted of Hayrapetian’s offenses and Avetyan’s murder
5- Hayrapetian be dismissed from his post as president of the Football Federation of Armenia.
Future protests will be held at the same location on Sundays at 1 pm, with a special demonstration planned for Avetyan’s karasoonk.