Yerevan: Police Detain Dozens of Protesters; Demonstrators Continue to March
This morning, Police used force and detained dozens of demonstrators, opposed to the election of Serzh Sargsyan as Armenia’s new prime minister.
The demonstrators attempted to encircle Government Building #3 in Yerevan’s Republic Square and block all access routes to employees, calling for a strike.
Police used force to remove demonstrators from all the entrances of the building.
The demonstrators, led by Nikol Pashinyan, were surrounded by armed police for some time, calling on to Police to join the movement. Then the demonstrators left the building and continued the march.
Pashinyan periodically announces that they have nothing against Police, their purpose is peaceful and the march is against the acting government. Police have already stated that the detainees might be kept in the police stations longer than the prescribed time limit.
You can follow the march online here.
Note to readers - After the National Assembly elected Serzh Sargsyan prime minister on April 17, Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan, who spearheaded the “Im Kayl” (My Step) movement to prevent Sargsyan’s election, declared a “Velvet Revolution” to be carried out on a rotating basis. Protesters will briefly “occupy” government buildings, urging civil servants inside to join them. The intent is to disrupt the normal flow of life in downtown Yerevan, blocking traffic on major streets, and then hold evening rallies in Republic Square. Today marks the seventh day of civil disobedience in Yerevan.
Photo: Hakob Poghosyan