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Protests in Armenia over activist's death in jail

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.