April 24, 2008 - 20:03 AMT
Moscow OMON arrests dozens of people for passing by Turkish Embassy
A mourning ceremony dedicated to the 93rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was held at the abuilding Armenian Cathedral in Moscow, head of the Youth Association of the Union of Armenians of Russia Levon Mukanyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.
Some 3000 people gathered at the cathedral, according to him.
"Several days ago we petitioned the Moscow Mayor's Office to authorize a demonstration but were rejected. Nevertheless, Armenians of Moscow decided to pass by the Turkish Embassy, thus protesting Turkey's policy of Genocide denial. The Embassy and nearby streets were cordoned by OMON. Besides, several dozens of people were arrested just because they were passing by Turkish diplomatic representation in Bolshaya Nikitskaya," he said, adding that the "Turkish Embassy has done a good job."
"Presently, the UAR leaders negotiate with Moscow law enforcement. We are hopeful that all detained will be released, since they haven't done anything illegal but just performed their civil duty," Mukanyan said.