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Armenian police haul off 65 protesters in Yerevan

April 20, 11:54 UTC+3 YEREVAN

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

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YEREVAN, April 20. /TASS/. Armenia’s police detained 65 opposition activists who tried to paralyze traffic on Yerevan streets on Friday, the police press service told TASS.

"At 11:30 (10:30 Moscow time) 65 people suspected of various violations were taken to police departments," they said.

MP Edmon Marukyan told reporters on Friday that police also detained Civil Contract party leader Nikol Pashinyan’s son, Ashot Pashinyan.

The situation in Yerevan remains complicated, and rallies continue.

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

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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