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Jailed Armenian Anti-Government Protester Ends Hunger Strike

Hayk Kyureghyan, a 32-year-old Yerevan resident who was sentenced to nine years in jail for firing from an air pistol towards police officers in summer 2014, ended late on Friday his dry hunger strike at Nubarashen prison, the Group of Public Monitors of Armenia's Penitentiary Institutions reported on January 23. Kyureghyan had gone into a hunger strike 8 days ago demanding that authorities ensure his safety in prison, as well as transfer him to a separate non-smoking cell.

The public observers visited Kyureghyan in prison Friday afternoon and were assured by the management of Nubarashen penitentiary that the convict would be transferred to solitary confinement.

Recall, at the start of the June 12 hearing in the case of Shant Harutyunyan and his friends, Kyureghyan climbed onto a car outside the courthouse and shot rounds from an air pistol in the police's direction, attempting, he said, to prevent "an erroneous judgment on Shant."