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Armenian police refute reports on detaining three opposition members

April 22, 2018, 12:01 UTC+3

Nikol Pashinyan, Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikayelyan were forcibly pulled out from the rally, the police said

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YEREVAN, April 22. /TASS/. Armenia’s police denied reports that they have detained three MPs, who initiated an anti-government rally in Yerevan on Sunday.

Police said in a statement that Nikol Pashinyan, Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikayelyan had been forcibly pulled out from the rally "to stop the illegal gathering of activists.".

Earlier reports said Armenia’s police used special means and started dispersing the rally in Yerevan. According to some media reports, opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was detained.

Mass rallies kicked off in Yerevan and other Armenian cities on Monday in the wake of former President Serzh Sargsyan’s nomination for the post of prime minister, despite the opposition’s protest. On Tuesday, the Armenian parliament elected Sargsyan as the prime minister. On Thursday, the opposition tried to disrupt the meeting of the new Cabinet, blocking the entrance to the government buildings and marching across Yerevan. Later, some 3,000 people took part in a rally.

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