Yerevan police attempt to restore traffic in downtown streets amid protests
YEREVAN, APRIL 17, ARMENPRESS. The situation on the Victory Bridge in Yerevan is tense.
Police officers are attempting to remove protesters from the bridge to the sidewalk to restore traffic. Officers have formed a police line and are requesting everyone to unblock traffic.
ARMENPRESS correspondent reported that officers are opening blocked streets in other parts of the city, namely the Korenatsi Str. – Vazgen Sargsyan Str., Khorenatsi Str. – Mashtots Ave., Amiryan Str. – Mashtots Ave. intersections.
Police have detained an unspecified number of protesters.
Earlier, opposition protesters gathered around governmental buildings, namely the state revenue committee, the Prosecutor General’s Office and several ministry headquarters.
Protesters said they intend to remain there until the entrance will be opened and staff will attempt to exit the buildings.
Protesters are deflating the tires of official vehicles parked outside the buildings.
Pashinyan has called on his supporters to block the ministries and begin a sit-in, obstructing the entry or exit.
Yerevan Police Department (YPD) is entitled and authorized to disperse the rally using special measures in accordance to the law, police said in a new statement as protesters continue the illegal rallies in the city.
Earlier YPD released a statement saying it has ruled to cease the opposition rally under Article 33 of the Law on Freedom of Assembly.
English –translator/editor: Stepan Kocharyan