YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) " Several hundred protesters have gathered in the Armenian capital after an activist died in prison while on a hunger strike.

Artur Sarkisyan was imprisoned on charges of aiding terrorists because he allegedly passed food to armed men who seized a police compound in Yerevan last year.

Sarkisyan died of heart failure Wednesday,

Demonstrators angry about his death marched through downtown Yerevan on Thursday despite heavy rain, but were stopped from reaching the Justice Ministry by a police cordon.


The two-week siege that Sarkisyan was accused of assisting resulted in two deaths and triggered political unrest in the Southern Caucasus nation, galvanizing the opposition movement and sparking other protests that have led to occasional clashes between citizens and the police.