00:08 | July 31, 2016
We are following developments with growing concern. We deplore the death of another police officer this afternoon and wish to express our condolences to his family. With a view to the growing risk of escalation, we call on all sides to show maximum restraint from violence and to refrain from provocations. The situation should be resolved and public order restored in compliance with the rule of law.
19:15 | July 30, 2016
Despite an ultimatum issued by law enforcement in Armenia to the armed Sasna Dzrer armed group to lay down their weapons by 5 p.m. today, Police spokesman Ashot Aharonyan syas that police aren’t mounting any assault on the police building seized by the group two weeks ago.
17:59 | July 30, 2016
The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by the shocking images and credible reports of violence and excessive use of force by the police to disperse protestors during the night of July 29-30.
17:20 | July 30, 2016
Yerevan--In the most egregious campaign of human rights violations since the falsification of elections and referenda, the ruling regime has rounded up and physically attacked hundreds of citizens, including journalists, for exercising their constitutional right of assembly.
16:02 | July 30, 2016
Saying that all avenues to peacefully resolve the armed standoff at a Yerevan police building seized on July 17 by the Sasna Dzrer group, Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) says it will give the group until 5 p.m. today to lay down its arms.
15:26 | July 30, 2016
Armenia’s Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has urged news outlets to provide evidence (photos, video) that police used violence against reporters last night when tear gas and percussion grenades were used to disperse crowds that had gathered outside a security cordon surrounding the police building seized two weeks ago by the armed group Sasna Dzrer.
14:46 | July 30, 2016
Jailed Founding Parliament member Jirayr Sefilian says that he will only meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsayn to resolve the armed standoff at a Yerevan police building after having met with members of the Sasna Dzrer group that seized it on July 17.
13:33 | July 30, 2016
The Chamber, in a statement, says that Yerevan police have overstepped their bounds during the past few days by using force and special measures against demonstrators and members of the press.
12:55 | July 30, 2016
Robert Ananyan, a reporter for Armenia’s A1+ news outlet, is being treated at the Yerevan’s St. Gregory the Illuminator for wounds to his legs and hand when police let loose with percussion grenades on crowds demonstrating near the police building seized by an armed group two weeks ago.
12:49 | July 30, 2016
Last night’s clashes in Yerevan between demonstrators and police in the neighborhood near the police building seized by the Sasna Dzrer armed group left 60 wounded, some seriously, this according to Armenia’s Ministry of Health.
09:30 | July 30, 2016
Hrach Gevorgyan, an Artsakh Defense Army soldier, was wounded by Azerbaijani fire last night while on guard duty at an eastern military base, this according to the NKR Ministry of Defense.
03:26 | July 30, 2016
Yerevan’s St. Gregory the Illuminator Hospital was swamped with people injured in last night’s clashes between police and demonstrators near the site of the police building seized by the armed Sasna Dzrer group two weeks ago.
23:35 | July 29, 2016
Police detained tens of demonstrators who had gathered outside the security cordon surrounding the police building now under the control of the armed Sasna Dzrer group since July 17.
16:43 | July 29, 2016
“It can be said that we have accomplished our mission. The people have risen up and are demonstrating and committing acts of disobedience. We hear about it on the radio. The people must rise up,” Avetisyan told the news site.
14:34 | July 29, 2016
The institutions of the parliament, the president and even the Ombudsman were in total inaction, leaving the problem solving to the police and the National Security Service and further escalating the tension.
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