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Over 200 protesters held after rally in Armenia’s capital, 18 people injured — police

June 23, 2015, 9:46 UTC+3 YEREVAN
Armenia’s police on Tuesday morning dispersed the rally in Yerevan held in protest against the increase in electricity tariffs
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Armenian police officers

Armenian police officers

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YEREVAN, June 23. /TASS/. A total of 237 participants of a rally against electricity tariff hike in downtown Armenia’s capital Yerevan were detained on Tuesday in a police operation, a local police spokesman has said.

Eighteen people were injured during the rally, Armen Malkhasyan told TASS. Seven citizens have sought medical assistance and three of them have been hospitalized. Eleven police officers were injured, he said.

Police have seized knives, knuckles, batons and metal rods from the protesters, the spokesman said.

Armenia’s police on Tuesday morning dispersed the rally in Yerevan held in protest against the increase in electricity tariffs. Police used water cannons, forcing protesters to move towards the National Opera House from Marshal Baghramyan Avenue.

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