Police detain some opposition activists as protests continue in downtown Yerevan

Police detain some opposition activists as protests continue in downtown Yerevan

Police detain some opposition activists as protests continue in downtown Yerevan

The policemen were pushing the protesters to the sidewalks, several people were taken to custody.

Pashinian led his supporters to Bagramian Avenue after spending several hours blocking traffic through most streets in downtown Yerevan.

Thousands of Armenian protesters clashed with riot police in the capital city Yerevan on April 16.

One of the organizers of the protests, MP Nikol Pashinyan was also injured who soon recovered and returned from the hospital.

The Police said they receive complaints from different organizations in the capital including educational and medical establishments that the actions of the protesters have been hindered by their regular activities this morning.

Demonstrators have vowed to keep protesting round the clock.

But the tension ultimately snapped when, in the afternoon, Sargsyan gave his first public reaction to the nomination by his party, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia.

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The pro-Moscow politician is expected to be elected by parliament on Tuesday.

The incident comes amid protests against a recent change of government that the opposition sees as a move for ex-President Serzh Sargsyan to stay in power. "Through civil disobedience he has shown that Armenian citizens aren't indifferent to their state, aren't indifferent to the fact that Serzh Sarkisian is getting ready to occupy the post of prime minister, which will consolidate the culture of authoritarian government".

Some built barricades using cast-iron benches and metal trash cans.

Rallies began on Friday when more than 4,000 people took part.

A shrewd former military officer, Sargsyan has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million since winning a presidential vote in 2008.

Opposition politicians say the shift to a parliamentary republic with a powerful prime minister has been created to increase Sargsyan's grip on power in the impoverished Moscow-allied country. Pashinian said the unprecedented disruption marked a "breakthrough" in Civil Contract's campaign against Sarkisian's continued rule which he claims would lead to Armenia's "Azerbaijanization", a reference to the long authoritarian rule of Azerbaijan's current and former presidents.

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