YEREVAN (Armenpress)-There has been an explosion near the house of an Armenian policeman in Georgia’s predominantly Armenian province of Akhalkalak, said Armen Aghayan, a representative from the Javakhk Council, during a press conference in Yerevan on Tuesday.
According to Aghayan, the explosion was a provocation on the part of those in Georgia who cannot tolerate the activity of the United Javakhk Democratic Alliance.
He said the explosives were planted far from the policeman’s house and no one was injured.
After the explosion, Armenian and Georgian policemen encountered resistance from “unknown forces,” he said, adding that it is not yet clear who the individuals showing resistance to the police were.
He also said that 20 activists from the United Javakhk Democratic Alliance were arrested following the explosion. Criminal cases have been opened against some of the activists, while others were sentenced to pay fines from $1,500 to 3,000. But no further details have been released as to why the United Javakhk members were been arrested.
The Javakhk Council is working to find more details about the incident, he said, adding that their primary task now is to help in the defense of the arrested activists.
Georgian parliament members and the Georgian ombudsman are involved in the process, he stated.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008