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Armenian police haul off 16 protesters in Yerevan

April 20, 2018, 9:16 UTC+3 YEREVAN

The leader of the Civil Contract opposition party called on his supporters to "paralyze traffic across Yerevan"

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YEREVAN, April 20. /TASS/. Armenia’s police arrested 16 opposition activists in Yerevan by 09:00 (08:00 Moscow time), head of the police department for information management and public relations Colonel Ashot Agaronyan told TASS.

Among those arrested is one of the protest action organizers, David Sanasaryan, who tried to block traffic at the Respubliki Square (Republic Square), TASS reported.

The leader of the Civil Contract opposition party, MP Nikol Pashinyan, called on his supporters to "paralyze traffic across Yerevan" on Friday morning.

According to police, tensions are running high on Gyulbenkyan Street, where Pashinyan’s supporters blocked traffic with cars. Police are trying to remove cars from roads.

Mass rallies broke out in Yerevan and other Armenian cities on Monday following former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s nomination as prime minister. On Tuesday, Armenia’s parliament elected Sargsyan prime minister. On Thursday, opposition members tried to disrupt the new cabinet of ministers’ meeting, blocking entrances to government facilities and marching down Yerevan streets. About 3,000 people took part in a rally in the evening. As many as 123 people were arrested over the past day.

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