Snapshot: Silent protest

More than 50 members of the Centre for Armenian Information & Advice gathered outside their premises in Acton on 1 May to support seven trustees suspended by the Charity Commission. The group said they were forced to meet outside after replacement trustees, appointed by the regulator, had barred them from privately hiring their usual community centre. A commission spokesman said they were suspended after constant infighting provoked an "effective breakdown in administration". At the demonstration, some members taped up their mouths in protest at not being allowed to speak or gain access to their centre. Misak Ohanian, the centre's founder, said: "This is contrary to our charity's equal opportunities policy and tantamount to discrimination, because those appointed by the commission continue to rent the centre to others." But a commission spokeswoman said the group had not completed the necessary forms to hire the meeting room. Members signed a petition asking the regulator to immediately reinstate the suspended trustees.

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