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Thousands Protest Against Armenian President

4 May 2004 -- Around 6,000 people today demonstrated in Armenia's capital Yerevan calling for President Robert Kocharian to resign.

Protesters also called for the government to implement recommendations made by the Council of Europe last week that urged Armenian authorities to allow peaceful protests, create fair conditions for the media, and to investigate claims of rights abuses.

Armenia's opposition accuses Kocharian of rigging last year's presidential election and has been staging regular protests calling for his removal from office. (Reuters, AP)