The number of detainees in Yerevan demonstrators had risen to 217
YEREVAN, April 20 — RIA Novosti. Law enforcement officers have detained on Friday in Yerevan 217 demonstrators protesting against the election of the Prime Minister of Armenia former President Serzh Sargsyan, told RIA Novosti the head of Analytics, information and media relations of police Edgar janoian.
Earlier, police said about 183 detainees.
“At the moment in the police Department delivered to 217 people,” said janoian.
As the correspondent of RIA Novosti, the protesters delayed because of attempts to block streets. Among the detained drivers, who are trying to create traffic congestion.
Head of the protest action the Deputy Nikol Pashinyan said that the protesters intend to hold the next meeting at 19.00 (18.00 GMT).
Earlier, Pashinyan said that begins an operation to block the roads with trucks. He noted that if the plan succeeds, then until the completion of the “velvet revolution” will remain a few days.
Shares against the election of the Prime Minister of Armenia former President Serzh Sargsyan began April 13. The opposition accuses him of poor governance and the deteriorating economic situation. On Monday protesters tried to break through to the Parliament building, the police pushed them, as a result of clashes injured dozens of people. The next day, the protesters announced the beginning of the “velvet revolution” in Armenia.
Despite the protests, Armenia’s Parliament on Tuesday elected Sargsyan as Prime Minister. Previously entered into force amendments to the Constitution, according to which Armenia moves to a parliamentary form of government, and the greatest powers will have the head of government.