YEREVAN, Armenia – Protesters have demonstrated in the Armenian capital of Yerevan over the death in prison of an opposition activist.
Over 1,000 people gathered Friday in downtown Yerevan for a second day to criticize the government and demand a proper investigation into the death of 49-year old Artur Sarkisyan.
Sarkisyan went on a hunger strike last month to protest his incarceration. He died of heart failure on Thursday.
Investigators have opened a criminal case into his death.
Sarkisyan was arrested last year, accused of aiding terrorists for delivering food to a group of gunmen who seized a Yerevan police station. The armed radicals called for the release of an opposition leader during a two-week standoff with police that resulted in two deaths and triggered large street protests.