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Armenian Opposition Figures Refuse To Stand For Judge

Tanks on the streets of Yerevan following clashes that left eight dead in March.
YEREVAN -- Seven prominent opposition figures arrested in conjunction with the violence on Yerevan streets after Armenia's presidential election last year were ordered out of the courtroom for refusing to stand up to respect the judge.

RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports that Judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan cited "disrespect to the court" and ordered the defendants taken from the courtroom, postponing the trial for the fifth consecutive time since it began on December 19.

More than 100 protesters waited outside the courtroom amid tight security, kept away by metal bars.

Many held up posters and chanted, "Freedom to political prisoners!"

The next hearing is scheduled for January 16.