At about 5 p.m. Saturday, gunshots were heard inside the police station in Yerevan, Interfax-Ukraine reports. The law enforcers said that there are no intense actions to release the building from their behalf so far.
Previously, nv.ua reported that Armenia’s National Security Service delivered the ultimatum: either protesters give up and leave the building before 5 p.m. Saturday, or special police operation will begin.
The demonstration is underway since July 17, when the groups of approximately 30 armed protesters captured the building of patrol guard service post in Yerevan, killing a policeman and taking several more as hostages. The police say the activists attacked them, which made the law enforcers response with the use of tear gas and batons. The attackers later released the hostages, the next day after negotiations between the conflicting sides were held.
The protesters refuse to give up their weapons, demanding to release Jirair Sefilian, the detained leader of the Founding Parliament radical opposition movement. Sefilian, famous political figure, the veteran of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, was arrested last month under charges of illegal gun purchase and illegal gun storage. The activists also demand resignation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.