I didn’t even notice the state of emergency until evening. I was working in the office. (Final project report. 60+ pages and still going strong.) But downtown is now full of soldiers with AK-47s. Levon Ter-Petrosian is under house arrest, “for his own protection”.
The government is claiming that Ter-Petrosian’s supporters were heavily armed and trying to mount a coup, which is obvious nonsense. This is the excuse they're using for the state of emergency, though, and that gives them all kinds of powers.
-- Confused? I blogged about the election over at the Fistful last week. Short version: the ruling party stole it. And now they're shooting people for daring to say so.
I don't really know what to say here. This is... frustrating. And what happens next? Hell if I know. If I had to bet, though, I’d bet they’ll get away with it; Saakashvili did much the same thing last year, over the border in Georgia. The Armenian military said a few days ago that it wouldn't take sides, but -- as far as I can tell -- the cops are still working for the man.
Anyway, I’m good here for the moment: 3-4 km away from the center where the shooting was, and the lights (and, obviously, internet) are still on. Claudia and the boys left for Germany this morning, so that's all right.