On March 17, 2008, the National Assembly of Armenia voted 90-6 to place restrictions on rallies and demonstrations during an emergency session. The parliament empowered the government to ban rallies if a "trustworthy" report indicated that a demonstration would pose a risk to "national security, public order, or violate citizens' constitutional rights." Opposition members argued that the measure was directed at stifling their rallies against the recent presidential election, which they say was plagued by fraud. The government was also accused of censoring material deemed to be critical of its policies and a state of emergency was declared earlier that month after protesters demonstrated against the result of the February 19 presidential election.
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