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Armenian police haul off 26 protesters in Yerevan

April 20, 10:19 UTC+3 YEREVAN

Mass rallies broke out in Yerevan and other Armenian cities on April 16 following former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s nomination as prime minister.

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YEREVAN, April 20. /TASS/. Armenia’s police arrested 26 opposition activists who tried to paralyze traffic on Yerevan streets on Friday, head of the police department for information management and public relations Colonel Ashot Agaronyan told TASS.

"Police officers arrested 26 activists. If they are not released in due time, then they are suspected of wrongdoing," Aragonyan noted. He added that "there were attempts to block traffic in the morning, but police shut down these activities," and traffic was renewed on Yerevan streets.

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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