Kim Balayan Campaign Headquarters Set On Fire

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On the night of May 4th–the campaign headquarters of member of parliament Kim Balayan–an ARF candidate for Parliament in election district N 5 (Yerevan’s Arabkir borough)–was noticed to be burning. Balayan was notified of the fire only the next morning.

Reaching the place–the candidate found no essential damage to the building except several broken windows and a door destroyed in fire. No casualties were reported.

Balayan said he could not suspect anyone of the wrongdoing at the moment and therefore relied on the law-enforcement agencies to expose those responsible for the act.

In regards to another incident–the "Law and Unity" election bloc issued a statement Tuesday in connection with the violations of law that took place in Yerevan’s Avan borough.

The information center of the bloc reported that on May 3 at about 2 p.m. leader of the Avan borough Ruben Hairapetian’s driver Ashot entered an office of the joint campaign staff of the candidate for Parliament–Gagik Kostandian and the "Law and Unity" bloc in 206 Khudyakov St. Deceiving the young men who were on duty at the office–Ashot took them along with him. The same source reported that the above-mentioned driver beat them up. The same day–Gagik Kostandian’s son–Gor Kostandian was attacked.

The statement says that the day before R. Hairapetian called the heads of kindergartens in the Avan borough to his office and–threatening them–tried to force them to "work" for a certain candidate.


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