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Mass rally in Yerevan: 228 people detained, 7 taken to hospitals

Source : 112 Ukraine

Three opposition MPs detained on charges of organizing and holding illegal mass meetings
18:06, 22 April 2018

112 Agency

During the dispersal of demonstrators who resumed the procession after the failed morning talks of opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan with Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, 228 people were detained by the police, and seven were taken to hospitals. This is reported by the agency "RIA Novosti" with reference to the police.

"At the moment, 228 citizens have been delivered to the police departments," the source said.

In addition, as the "News of Armenia" reports, 10 citizens who suffered during rallies are treated in Yerevan hospitals, of which 7 are delivered there today.

The agency also reports that the state of 7 wounded is satisfactory, and three - of medium severity.

Earlier, the Prosecutor General's Office of Armenia reported that three opposition MPs of the Armenian parliament Nikol Pashinyan, Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikaelyan were detained on charges of organizing and holding illegal mass meetings.

Let's remind, the protest action in Yerevan continues from April 13 because of the constitutional reform, according to which the form of government was changed, and the country instead of the presidential republic became parliamentary. The key person in the country is the Prime Minister. Ex-President Serzh Sargsyan was elected to the post of prime minister. It was because of his actions and his candidacy that protests began.

Sargsyan called an opposition MP and organizer of the protests Nikol Pashinyan to a dialogue. Pashinyan responded to Sargsyan's proposal that he was ready to discuss only the issue of his resignation.

On the morning of April 22, a short meeting between Nikol Pashinyan and Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan took place at the Marriott Hotel in Yerevan. In response to Pashinyan's statement about the intention to discuss the terms of his resignation from the post of prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan accused the oppositionist of blackmail and left the hotel. After that, Pashinyan called for more protests, and the police began dispersing the demonstrators.

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