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Armenian opposition resumes anti-government protest in Yerevan

April 23, 10:01 UTC+3 YEREVAN

Police voiced concern over "the participation of children in the illegal gatherings and demonstrations"

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YEREVAN, April 23. /TASS/. Armenia’s opposition resumed rallies across Yerevan’s central streets on Monday, a TASS correspondent reported.

The demonstrators blocked the city’s Pushkin, Tumanyan and Parpetsi Streets chanting anti-government slogans.

"Armenia’s police control the situation in the republic. In order to avoid undesirable consequences, the law enforcement agents call to stop illegal gatherings and not to violate public order," the police press service said.

Police voiced concern over "the participation of children in the illegal gatherings and demonstrations."

According to local media reports, mass protests also began in Yerevan’s suburbs on Monday morning. The situation is tense near the Ajapnyak District where the demonstrators try to block a road intersection.

Mass rallies kicked off in Yerevan and other Armenian cities on April 16. The opposition demands that Serzh Sargsyan, who was elected as the prime minister by the parliament after 10 years of presidency, should step down.

On April 22, Sargsyan walked out of talks with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan. Armenia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office confirmed the detention of Pashinyan and two other MPs over the illegal rallies.

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