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Forty-six people hospitalized after clashes between protesters, police in Yerevan

Clashes between police and protesters in Yerevan injure 46 Armenian opposition leader announces 'velvet revolution' amid protests
Jay Anderson | 18 April, 2018, 00:51

On Tuesday, April 17, about thirty participants of the protest movement taken to the police station.

The source did not provide further details on the number of the detained opposition activists and the reasons behind their detention, claiming they obtain no such information.

Several thousand people in Yerevan protested against the nomination of former president Serzh Sarkisian as prime minister under a new parliamentary political system.

Protests are expected to grow larger after Pashinian called on people to take part in "the largest rally in Armenia's history" on Tuesday evening.

He described Monday's demonstrations as a "turning point for the country". He also called for spreading protests across Armenia.

But many Armenians see the system change as a scheme created to allow Sargsyan - who has become increasingly unpopular during his time in office - to maintain his grip on power.




"Serzh Sargsyan must see that he has no Armenia to rule in and no people to rule over". The police said the opposition's actions were illegal but so far refrained from using force. However, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia has nominated Sargsyan for the PM, with the opposition saying the former president has broken his vow in order to secure his grip on power.

Six police officers and 40 rioters were injured in clashes and received medical attention, the Health Ministry said.

Several hundred people sat or lay down on pavements on Monday, blocking roads leading to the parliament building and universities.

The country's new figurehead president, Armen Sarkisian, was sworn in last week but his powers will be weaker under the new system of government. "Through civil disobedience he has shown that Armenian citizens aren't indifferent to their state, aren't indifferent to the fact that Serzh Sarkisian is getting ready to occupy the post of prime minister, which will consolidate the culture of authoritarian government".

Serzh Sargsyan was elected president of Armenia in 2008 and again in 2013, serving two five-year terms before stepping down.

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