The Friday protests held by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) in support of its jailed activists did not take place on January 11.
The five supporters of the opposition alliance gathered outside the Prosecutor General's Office explained it with the New Year holidays.
Opposition activists Tigran Arakelyan, Artak Karapetyan, Sargis Gevorgyan and David Kiramijyan were arrested after an August 9, 2011, standoff with police officers in a Yerevan park. They were charged with hooliganism against a representative of law-enforcement body and sentenced to 2-6 years in prison. Following the arrest, HAK suspended its talks with the country's authorities and said the arrest was politically motivated.
HAK is the only political force in Armenia capable of holding demonstrations and assembling people. No other oppositional force can do it. The same is true with the pro-government forces; they cannot do anything without money at present, HAK is developing its tactics connected with the upcoming presidential election," HAK member Aramayis Aslanyan told A1+.