Tigran Khachatryan, Zakar Hovhannisyan, Gor Kloyan, Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, David Petrosyan, Armen Farmanyan, Samvel Harutyunyan, Tigran Abgaryan, Grigor Gevorgyan and Hamlet Tadevosyan.... These are the ten people who died during the deadly post-election clashes between protesters and riot police on March 1, 2008.
Five years ago, Armenians welcomed the first day of spring with alarm and panic. Security personnel and police officers had attacked the demonstrators protesting against alleged electoral fraud at Liberty Square and cruelly "cleansed" the square. On the morning of March 1, police and army units dispersed everyone who remained overnight, beating them with truncheons and electric-shock devices.
The clashes continued during the day in different parts of the capital, leaving ten dead and another 200 injured towards the end of the day.
Five years have past since the tragic street violence but the wound is still too fresh. Five years later we are witnessing new post-election developments, but we still have numerous unanswered questions, the most important is, "Who opened fire at Armenian citizens and who gave the order?"