Number of detained in Yerevan almost reaches 100

Number of detained in Yerevan almost reaches 100

At least 83 people were detained by police early on April 20 after protests resumed in Yerevan against the election of longtime former Armenian President Serzh Sarsyan as prime minister.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital early on April 20 against what they see as Sarkisian's attempt to cement his hold on power.

They were answering a call by opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian, who was leading the protests in downtown Yerevan. Pashinian urged thousands of protesters gathered late on April 19 to return the next day and continue blocking the traffic in the capital.

The press service of the Armenian police said those detained were opposition supporters blocking traffic on Yerevan streets, RFE/RL reported.

"Acting in accordance with the law, police are continuing to transport all people who violate the law and commit public order offenses to police stations," police spokesman Ashot Agaronian said earlier.

Earlier, Tirayr Muradian, a journalist working for the website of the Union of Informed Citizens nongovernmental organization, was forcefully removed from a site of protest on Yerevan-Sevan highway.


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