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Thousands Protest Against Armenian President

15 May 2004 -- Several thousand Armenian opposition supporters protested in the streets of the capital Yerevan late on 14 May to demand the resignation of President Robert Kocharian.

Interfax reported that police estimated no more than 4,000 people participated in the peaceful demonstration, while organizers claim 30,000 people attended the rally.

The protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations since last month. Opposition members says Kocharian rigged a presidential runoff in March 2003 to secure a second term in office and is demanding that he either organize a national referendum of confidence in his rule or step down.

Kocharian was in Moscow for talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov during the protest.