Unrests in Yerevan: At least 60 injured as police disperse rally at captured police station in Armenia

14:52 Jul. 30, 2016

At least 60 injured as police disperse rally at captured police station in Armenia

Anti-government protesters, supporters of the armed group who have been holed inside a police station, clash with police in Yerevan, Armenia, Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo)

165 people were detained by law enforcers, police said 

At least 60 people were injured in Yerevan, Armenia as local law enforcers dispersed protesters at a police station on late July 29, 2016. Several officers were also rushed to a hospital, one was diagnosed with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, country's Health Ministry reported.

Read also: Armed group seizes police HQ in Yerevan, one dead

The clashes broke out after several hundred people tried to approach the police station, which was earlier taken over by armed men and cordoned off by law enforcers.

At least 165 people were detained after the clashes with the law enforcers. 23 of them were under investigation, police informed. 

The police station was seized on July 17 by the gunmen demanding the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan and the release of Zhirayr Sefilian, the leader of the radical opposition movement Founding Parliament. One policeman was killed in the July 17 assault.

Sefilian was arrested on June 20 and charged with illegal acquisition and possession of weapons.

Read also: Clashes in Yerevan: dozens detained or wounded

About 3,000 supporters of the gunmen gathered near the police station late on July 22, promising to continue demonstrations until the president resigns.

The attackers initially took nine people hostage, they were released later after the negotiations with police. Two of the gunmen also decided to surrender. 

However, on July 27 the armed men took an ambulance crew hostage after they came to treat the wounded in a gunfire exchange with officers. 

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