I cannot guess the number of people who were walking—there were several thousand marchers without a doubt. At some areas along the way people were standing in single file about a meter apart from one another or a bit less, holding candles and wearing black ribbons. Some of the marchers were holding photocopied pictures of political prisoners, mainly those who were arrested during the last few weeks, and also victims of the violence. I was standing in place at the bottom of Northern Boulevard where it merges with Abovyan Street with several dozen others in the row of silent vigil commemorators. The row continued with gaps along the way down Abovyan Street into Republic Square and then Vasken Sargsyan Street, where it ended at the intersection of Khorenatsi Street. Troops of riot police were stomping about, across Republic Square towards the Opera House as well as in the opposite direction where the people were headed. Along the perimeter of the Opera House were rows of riot police, shields and truncheons in hand. A few could be seen on street corners watching the crowd while smoking cigarettes, and by the looks on their faces they seemed to have been wondering why they were there in the first place. There were I would say at least a hundred riot policemen in front of the monument across from City Hall. The crowd kept moving the whole time; they did not conglomerate en masse at any spot from what I observed, as I managed to follow the marchers at one point during the two-hour long event which lasted from 5:00-7:00 pm. There were no clashes, people simply moved onward peacefully.
I was there not to give importance to any politician or cult of personality but rather to show my support for the citizens of this country, as I believe everyone there was doing. I think the important thing is that people were undeterred by the state of emergency and they are still willing to demonstrate that they expect more of their government and own society. They expect to live in a just, lawful country where intimidation and suppression of civil liberties cannot be tolerated. And their will is intact.read about what happened here.