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Police Again Clash with Protesters in Yerevan

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL's Armenian Service

Riot police clashed late on Friday with hundreds of people near a police compound in Yerevan occupied by gunmen affiliated with an Armenian opposition group.

The violence unfolded amid the sound of gunshots and explosions coming from the compound located in the city’s southern Erebuni district. It was not immediately clear whether security forces were conducting a large-scale operation there.

Most of the protesters sympathetic to the gunmen unexpectedly tried to approach the building from the nearby Sari Tagh neighborhood. Using tear gas and stun grenades, the police charged towards them after the protest leaders ignored senior law-enforcement officers’ orders to walk back to the city center.

The chief of Yerevan’s police department, Ashot Karapetian, said that the rally is illegal and that gunshots fired around the compound are too dangerous for its participants.

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL's Armenian Service

Police Again Clash with Protesters in Yerevan

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