20 May 2018

Police: 277 detained in Yerevan

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Police said 277 people were detained as of 7:30 pm. informs citing

A short meeting between Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan and MP Nikol Pashinyan was held in Marriott hotel on Sunday morning. In response to Pashinyan’s intention to discuss conditions of his resignation, Sargsyan accused the politician of blackmail and left the hotel.

Later on police used force against protesters on Artsakh street and detained dozens of people, including MPs Nikol Pashinyan, Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikaelyan. The whereabouts of Pashinyan are unknown. Mirzoyan and Mikaelyan are at Shengavit police station. All three were later arrested.



Speaker of the Armenian parliament, Ara Babloyan, met with the arrested opposition lawmakers overnight to Monday who were the organizers of mass protests in Yerevan. informs, the parliament’s press service reported.

"Ara Babloyan met with Nikol Pashinyan, Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikaelyan not as the head of the parliament but as a person and a doctor. He does hope that his request, that is, to resume real dialogue with the country’s prime minister, will be worth something," the press service noted.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, many parties and political organizations earlier urged opposition members to maintain a political dialogue.

On Sunday morning, Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan and opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan met in Yerevan’s Marriott Hotel. The latter demanded the resignation of the head of government. Sargsyan said in response that attempts to blackmail the country’s legitimate authorities are unacceptable. After that, the negotiations stopped.

The Armenian Prosecutor General’s Office confirmed on Sunday, April 22, that law enforcement officers had hauled off opposition lawmakers Nikol Pashinyan, Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikaelyan for holding illegal rallies.

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