75 injured in clashes between Armenian riot police and protesters
Gunmen seized a police station in the Armenian capital
Clashes between riot police and supporters of gunmen from an opposition group barricaded inside a police station in Armenia's capital left 75 people injured and more than 20 in custody on charges related to the unrest, officials said.
The clashes broke out late on Friday when several hundred people tried to approach the Yerevan police station, which is cordoned off by security forces and where there have been periodic exchanges of fire since the armed takeover.
The police station was seized on July 17 by about 30 gunmen, who killed one officer and wounded several others in the attack.
They are demanding freedom for an opposition figure arrested in June in the former Soviet republic. The opposition group they represent also has demanded that Armenia's president and prime minister step down.
Eight of the gunmen have been wounded since the takeover, including three shot in the legs on Friday, apparently by snipers.
Police also used stun grenades to drive back the opposition supporters, some of whom threw stones at the rows of riot police blocking their path.
The Health Ministry said 75 people needed medical treatment and 25 of them remained in hospital on Saturday, including six law enforcement officers. Some of those injured were suffering from burns.
Journalists, including from Radio Liberty, reported being attacked and beaten by men armed with sticks and metal bars who appeared to be plain-clothes police officers. Prosecutors on Saturday promised to investigate.
Police said 165 people were rounded up during the demonstration and all but 26 were released. The investigative agency said charges have been filed against 23 people.
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Posted 30 July 2016 - 08:37 AM
75 injured in clashes between Armenian riot police and protesters
Posted 30 July 2016 - 08:38 AM
- 18:12 | July 30,2016 | Politics
Member of Heritage Party Hovsep Khurshudyan was detained after the clashes in Sari Tagh. His lawyer Seda Safaryan informed about it in the interview with “A1+”.
“I don’t know why he was taken to Ashtarak police department on suspicion of instigating mass disorders with a group of people accompanied by use of violence, beatings, damaging property and use of violence against the police officers. Such an unclear formulation was given, which doesn’t clearly state what kind of actions the person implemented. All are presented the same text,” she noted.
The lawyer also added that her defendant was taken according to the list, “They say who must have been taken in, they pointed out him and took in.”
Seda Safaryan says that the freedom to assemblies is determined by the international norms, and what happened this night can be called massacre, “How will the state pay for it?”
The lawyer reminds that Hovsep Khurshudyan is member of the Steering Committee the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum—EaP CSF, and there must have been sufficient bases in order to take him in.
Posted 30 July 2016 - 03:17 PM
- 20:56 | July 30,2016 | Politics
Short time ago the court hearing on choosing detention as a precautionary measure against Alek Yenigomshyan has ended. The court hearing was conducted by Judge of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts Mesrop Makyan. This is informed by Yenigomshyan’s lawyer Nikolay Baghdasaryan.
“The court hearing was special with the behavior of Judge M. Makyan, there was an impression that Alek Yenigomshyan committed a crime against him personally and the judge found an appropriate moment to punish him. Makyan’s expressions ‘Stand up, I tell you’, ‘Sit down, when I tell you’ (alas, I cannot express the tone of the judge) addressed to a person with disability cannot fit the image of unbiased judge. As a result of the court hearing, he made a decision to detain Yenigomshyan for two months,” says the lawyer.
Posted 30 July 2016 - 03:18 PM
- 18:32 | July 30,2016 | Politics
Journalist of “A1+” Robert Ananyan, who received shrapnel wound as a result of clashes in Sari Tagh, was transferred from the intensive care unit of Grigor Lusavorich medical center to the ward today in the morning. Starting from the morning investigators and journalists have been visiting him.
The journalist, who received an injury while covering the events in Sari Tagh, thinks that the policemen intentionally threw stun grenades towards the journalists.
Details in the video
Posted 30 July 2016 - 03:20 PM
by Tatevik Shahunyan
- Saturday, July 30, 21:01
ARF Dashnaktsutyun Party strongly condemns the events in Yerevan on the night of July 29-30 that results in wounding and injuries of many activists, journalists and police officers.
The Party urges prosecution of all guilty and prevention of more violence. ARFD that is a political ally of the ruling Republican Party, says that the situation in Armenia needs drastic reform, as public is discontented at it.
At the same time, ARFD urges "Daredevils of Sasoun" that seized the police compound in Yerevan demanding resignation of the president to refuse from their unrealistic demands and refrain from radical steps. The Party urges the authorities to refrain from using force against the armed group. Unity Party of the former foreign minister of Armenia Vartan Oskanian also condemned the events of the July 29-30 night and urged the political forces, influential figures in Diaspora to unite to find a way out of the standoff. Oskanian's Party blames the authorities of Armenia for the current situation and for impoverishment of the population.
Armenian Renaissance Party led by Artur Baghdasaryan condemned the unlawful actions of the police against demonstrators. The party urged drastic reforms in the country and establishment of a special political platform to find a way out of the situation. Party is sure that the ongoing events will damage Armenia's image in the world, and urges the police to punish those guilty in yesterday's events and release prisoners.
Earlier, more parties, including Prosperous Armenia, Alliance, Heritage, Free Democratic and others made condemning statements. The Parliamentary parties of Artsakh also condemned the situation, while the ruling Republican Party keeps silence.
Posted 30 July 2016 - 03:23 PM
- Sunday, July 31, 00:51
One of the protesters on Baghramyan Avenue has set himself to fire. A middle aged man tried to commit suicide by setting himself to fire as a sign of protest. People near him managed to put the fire out. The man received light burns and refused to sit in the police car.
Posted 31 July 2016 - 05:48 AM
July 30 2016
Armenian police accuse barricaded gunmen of killing officer
By AVET DEMOURIAN
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Armed members of an opposition group
barricaded inside a police station in Armenia's capital shot an
officer dead on Saturday, police said.
The fatal shooting, the second since the takeover of the station two
weeks ago, further heightened tensions following violent clashes
Friday night between riot police and opposition supporters that
injured 75 people.
Police spokesman Ashot Agaronyan said on Facebook the policeman was in
a vehicle 400 meters (yards) from the station when he was killed by
The Yerevan police station was seized July 17 by about 30 armed
members of an opposition group, who killed one officer and wounded
several others in the attack. They are demanding freedom for the
leader of the group, who was arrested in June. The opposition group
has sharply criticized the government of the former Soviet republic
and called for people to take to the streets to force the president
and the prime minister to step down.
Since the takeover, security forces have wounded eight of the gunmen,
including three shot in the legs Friday, apparently by sniper fire.
When several hundred supporters of the gunmen attempted late Friday to
approach the station, they were stopped by rows of riot police and
clashes broke out. Police said 165 people were rounded up and all but
26 were released. The investigative agency said charges have been
filed against 23 people.
On Saturday, Armenia's security service gave the gunmen until 5 p.m.
to surrender and said otherwise its forces reserved the right to open
fire without warning.
The deadline passed with no immediate action taken.
The gunmen are demanding the release of Jirair Sefilian, leader of the
opposition group Founding Parliament, who was charged with illegal
acquisition and possession of weapons. Investigators said he and his
supporters were planning to seize government buildings and the
television transmission tower.
Sefilian, who was born in Lebanon, is well known in Armenia for his
military successes in the war against neighboring Azerbaijan in the
early 1990s. Many of the gunmen inside the police station are veterans
of that war.
Of the 75 people who required medical treatment after Friday night's
violence, 25 of them remained hospitalized, including six law
enforcement officers, the Health Ministry said. Some of the injured
were suffering from burns.
Police used stun grenades to drive back the opposition supporters,
some of whom threw stones at the rows of riot police blocking their
Journalists, including from Radio Liberty, reported being attacked and
beaten by men armed with sticks and metal bars who appeared to be
plainclothes police officers.
Prosecutors on Saturday promised to investigate.
Posted 31 July 2016 - 05:49 AM
Georgia Today, Georgia
July 30 2016
At least 60 Injured After Armenian Police Attack Demonstration
YEREVAN - At least 60 people were injured late Friday night after riot
police units attempted to break up a demonstration in the Armenian
Video footage of the incident appears to show several riot police
units attacking a group of peaceful activists, firing tear gas and
throwing stun grenades into the crowd.
The police later raided several houses and attempted to pursue
demonstrators who had come from outside the city center.
Journalists were allegedly targeted by by plainclothes, pro-government gangs.
Reporters from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian
service were also reportedly beaten and hospitalized, after having
identified themselves as journalists. RFE/RL reported that a large
group of plainclothes police, armed with sticks and metal bars, were
clearly aware that they were assaulting journalists
Three RFE/RL journalists - Karlen Aslanyan, Hovannes Movsisyan and
Garik Harutiunyan - were attacked and beaten by the police after they
retreated towards central Yerevan.
RFE/RL’s chairman Thomas Kent strongly condemned the attack on
journalists, saying "Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is outraged by
this attack. We expect the Armenian authorities to bring the attackers
to justice and protect all journalists who are carrying out their
Hundreds of demonstrators were taken to police stations around the
city, including several who were forcibly removed from hospitals while
receiving medical assistance.
Government officials have not released any information on the number
of people arrested or detained following Friday’s events.
Armenia’s human rights ombudsmen released a statement saying their
office has received dozens of reports of attacks against reporters by
plainclothes policemen. The statement demands that local authorities
launch an immediate investigation aimed at finding those responsible
for the alleged attacks.
The Council of Europe’s General-Secretary Thorbjorn Jagland expressed
grave concern about the situation in Yerevan, staying the unrest must
be resolved peacefully and through open dialogue.
"I call on all those concerned to immediately put an end to this
dangerous situation and to return to open forms of negotiations.
Democracy, human rights and the rule of law must prevail. The freedom
of assembly must also be fully respected,” Jagland’s statement said.
A new round of demonstrations are planned for Saturday in Yerevan’s
central Freedom Square.
The protests being more than two weeks ago after a group of militant
gunmen associated with the anti-government Founding Parliament
Movement seized a police station in Yerevan’s Erebuni district.
The group have demanded the immediate resignation of Armenia’s
authoritarian President Serzh Sargsyan and the release of all
political prisoners, including the group’s founder Zhirayr Sefilian.
By Karen Tovmasyan and Nicholas Waller
Posted 31 July 2016 - 05:50 AM
Voice of America
July 30 2016
Policeman Killed, Armenian Security Issues Ultimatum to Gunmen
Last updated on: July 30, 2016 1:12 PM
One policeman was killed Saturday by gunmen barricaded inside a police
station in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, as the security service warned
the group to lay down their arms and surrender or law enforcement
would open fire.
Armenia's National Security Service said the option to resolve the
conflict peacefully had been exhausted.
Nearly 30 gunmen seized the police station on July 17, killing a
police officer, wounding two others and taking nine officers hostage.
Three gunmen inside the station were wounded Friday in an exchange of
gunfire with police. Authorities said that the gunmen shot first and
the wounded inside the station were being treated by three members of
an ambulance crew who were being held hostage.
A tense standoff between riot police and armed supporters of an
imprisoned politician continued Saturday next to the police station.
Police used truncheons, stun grenades and tear gas to stop a crowd
that was approaching the police station. One-hundred-sixty-five people
were detained during the unrest. More than 20 opposition supporters
were later arrested. The rest were released.
The standoff has set off a series of anti-government demonstrations,
held almost every evening.
The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan said in a statement that it was "deeply
troubled by the ongoing hostage situation."
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland urged both sides
to "put an end to this dangerous situation without delay."
The gunmen have demanded the release of jailed opposition politician
Jirair Sefilian, accused of plotting civil unrest, and the resignation
of President Serzh Sargsyan.
A former military commander, Sefilian has accused Sargsyan of
mishandling the long-running conflict between Armenian-backed
separatists in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and Azeri
A Moscow-brokered cease-fire halted four days of violence in the
region in April, the worst confrontation in years, but sporadic
shooting has continued and some deaths have been reported.
Posted 31 July 2016 - 05:51 AM
July 30 2016
Hostage situation at police station triggers violent protests in Armenia
By Tess Owen
July 30, 2016
Riot police and pro-opposition protesters clashed again on Saturday in
Armenia's capital Yerevan, a day after at least 75 demonstrators were
injured when they tried to approach the scene of an ongoing hostage
situation inside a police compound.
The standoff began on July 17 when around 30 armed members of an
opposition group stormed a police station and took several hostages.
The hostage-takers are demanding the release of Jirair Sefilian, the
leader of the country's Founding Parliament opposition group. He was
arrested last month on weapons charges and accused with his supporters
of plotting to seize government buildings and take over a TV
Since the takeover of the police building, Armenian security forces
have wounded eight of the gunmen. On Wednesday, the occupiers took
four medical personnel hostage who arrived at the police compound to
treat the group's wounded men, Al Jazeera reported.
The hostage-takers also fatally shot a police officer. Police
spokesman Ashot Agaronyan said in a statement that the officer was in
a vehicle close to the station when he was killed by sniper fire,
according to TASS, a Russian news agency.
Hundreds of pro-opposition supporters came out in a show of solidarity
on Friday night. The Associated Press reported that skirmishes broke
out when the demonstrators tried to get past rows of riot police
flanking the building. The cops reportedly used stun guns and batons
to disperse the protesters, who threw rocks in retaliation.
The AP said some people — including journalists — were attacked by
armed men who "appeared to be plainclothes police officers." Police
arrested 165 people and 26 remained in custody on Saturday, according
to the AP.
Thousands of Armenians took the streets of their capital last year to
protest rising electricity costs and other grievances with the
government of the former Soviet republic, a series of demonstrations
that were dubbed "Electric Yerevan." Riot police used water cannons to
disperse the crowds and arrested dozens.
Posted 31 July 2016 - 05:53 AM
Toronto Star, Canada
July 30 2016
75 injured in clashes with riot police in Armenia, 26 detained
Clashes broke out late Friday after several hundred people tried to
approach the Yerevan police station, where there have been exchanges
of fire since the armed takeover.
By Avet Demourian
YEREVAN, ARMENIA—Clashes between riot police and supporters of gunmen
from an opposition group barricaded inside a police station in
Armenia’s capital left 75 people injured and more than 20 in custody
on charges related to the unrest, officials said Saturday.
The clashes broke out late Friday when several hundred people tried to
approach the Yerevan police station, which is cordoned off by security
forces and where there have been periodic exchanges of fire since the
The police station was seized on July 17 by about 30 gunmen, who
killed one officer and wounded several others in the attack. They are
demanding freedom for an opposition figure arrested in June in the
former Soviet republic. The opposition group they represent also has
demanded that Armenia’s president and prime minister step down.
Eight of the gunmen have been wounded since the takeover, including
three shot in the legs on Friday, apparently by snipers.
Police also used stun grenades to drive back the opposition
supporters, some of whom threw stones at the rows of riot police
blocking their path.
The Health Ministry said 75 people needed medical treatment and 25 of
them remained hospitalized Saturday, including six law enforcement
officers. Some of those injured were suffering from burns.
Journalists, including from Radio Liberty, reported being attacked and
beaten by men armed with sticks and metal bars who appeared to be
plainclothes police officers. Prosecutors on Saturday promised to
Police said 165 people were rounded up during the demonstration and
all but 26 were released. The investigative agency said charges have
been filed against 23 people.
Posted 31 July 2016 - 06:05 AM
by Marianna Mkrtchyan
- Sunday, July 31, 12:17
Serj Tankian, world known US rock musician of Armenian descent, has posted a statement on his Facebook page expressing his thoughts on the standoff in Armenia and the associated political undercurrents:
''Most people around the world are confused as to why the takeover of a police station has caused what seems to be an irreparable rift between a segment of Armenia's populace and the authorities.
Years of issue-based
Unending systematic corruption including the perceived corruption surrounding the proper arming of the NK defense forces, judicial inequality, police brutality, rigged elections, foreign intervention, lack of Economic opportunities, And the resulting national depopulation have created a powder keg of frustration against the ruling gov't of President Serzh Sarkissian.
Whatever happens in the next 24 hours with the Sasna Dzrer armed group at the police station, these are the resulting political truths:
1) Voter fraud, ballot stuffing and stolen elections starting with the Parliamentary elections in 2017 will no longer be met with apathy but with the full force of the Armenian populace. Only the irresponsible, inequitable programs and reactions of the government can create a revolution in Armenia. This means we all need to further strengthen civic society in the country and beef up the monitoring efforts of upcoming elections with international media presence and full transparency.
2) "We don't want to be the bitch of any superpower". One thing we learned from the protests in the past were how foreign powers were interested in using them as political tools for their own interests. We need to diplomatically shift away from unipolar geopolitics to one that sees everything in the interests of our homeland.
3) The Armenian Diaspora can no longer afford to just be a checkbook to Armenia but will be forced to organize to become "the checks and balances" we desperately need within the country. The Diasporan silence over injustices within the country over the last few decades has made our country worst, not better. There is no excuse for the further disconnect.
4) We can no longer expect to be "saved" by a leader or a President.
We shouldn't require demagogues or idols. Our will and future discourse needs to be forged in collusion with all Armenians. That means public forums leading to real democracy.
5) We are not Erdogan's Turkey: violence or imprisonment of journalists will not be tolerated. It's in our cultural heritage to speak openly and loudly and we deserve it after 600 years of Ottoman oppression. Going after journalists is a sign of weakness by the government in any country.
6) The police chief and mayor of Yerevan should resign based on how the situation has been handled by Yerevan's police. Re-training of the forces would also be recommended. Policemen who feel that people are being arrested without due cause should resist following their orders in lieu of hurting their people.
7) Non-violence: as frustrated as people are with the ruling elites, they should not hurl violence at police officers or anyone else. Most of these officers are our sons and daughters and are no more guilty of personal subservience to injustice than ourselves even if they are following the orders of the government. No one deserves violence. A country with a literacy rate of 90% like Armenia must not have mob rule.
The president and Armenian leadership must show leadership and de-escalate the situation immediately with concessions and reason at its core and realize all of this is not due to a standard hostage takeover but embodies the imbalance of their rule.
We can no longer see our homeland downtrodden and depopulated on our watch. The course of history is changed by action not apathy'', the statement reads.
Posted 31 July 2016 - 06:06 AM
Yeghishe Petrosyan, founder of “Ardzagank” studio is arrested. Yeghishe Petrosyan is suspected of organizing mass riots.
Despite the investigator’s decision to arrest him, Yeghishe Petrosyan was moved to “Astghik”Medical Center due to his serious health problems and received medical care being taken in custody.
In an interview with Aravot.am, his lawyer Lusine Sahakyan confirmed the information and said that no accusations are filed against his client. Today, Yeghishe Petrosyan was moved to the hospital on the ambulance car. The doctors have said that he needs a hospital treatment. In addition to being under the control of the doctors, he is also under control of police officers in the hospital. Yeghishe Petrosyan was one of the active participants in the rallies in recent days and also a member of the “Anti-crises Initiative Council” supporting the “Sasna Tsrer” armed group.
Posted 31 July 2016 - 06:09 AM
Just thinking out loud! Is it possible that the police was killed by police, in order to storm the station?
Posted 31 July 2016 - 10:37 PM
Yes, and it's possible that those wounded inside the station wounded themselves also, but not likely.
This looks really bad and looks like it's going to get worse before it gets better.
When is the next presidential election?
Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:45 AM
A riot police officer installs barbed wire as others block the street towards the Presidential Residence to prevent a march of anti-government protesters, supporters of the armed group who have been holed inside a police station, in Yerevan, Armenia, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Armed members of an opposition group barricaded inside a police station in Armenia's capital shot an officer dead on Saturday, police said. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP) (The Associated Press)
YEREVAN, Armenia – Armed members of an opposition group barricaded inside a police station in Armenia's capital have denied killing a police officer.
Varuzhan Avetisyan, a leading member of the group, said Sunday that police were wrong in accusing them of shooting the officer on Saturday, a killing that came amid heightened tensions in the two-week standoff.
Police said the officer was in a vehicle 400 meters (yards) from the station when he was hit by sniper fire.
The group of about 30 gunmen killed one officer and wounded several others when seizing the Yerevan police station on July 17 to demand freedom for their leader, who was arrested in June.
Security forces have since wounded eight of the gunmen, including three shot in the legs on Friday, apparently by sniper fire.
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Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:47 AM
YEREVAN, Armenia — All 20 gunmen inside a police compound in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, surrendered on Sunday, ending a two-week standoff that left two police officers dead and several people wounded on both sides, the security service said.
The standoff, involving armed members of a radical opposition group, also set off protests that led to unrest in the capital.
The leader of the gunmen, Varuzhan Avetisyan, said in a phone interview with local news outlets that they had decided to surrender after security forces used armored vehicles to enter the police compound.
Another factor, Mr. Avetisyan said, was that the police had started to shoot gunmen who ventured outside. Most were hit in the leg, but a man was shot in the chest on Sunday, he said.
A total of 31 armed men seized the police compound on July 17 to demand freedom for the leader of the opposition group, who was arrested in June. The group, Founding Parliament, has criticized the government and called for people to take to the streets to force the president and the prime minister to step down.
Several thousand people joined nightly rallies to support the gunmen, occasionally clashing with the police. Some of the worst violence took place Friday, when 75 people were injured.
In recent days, four members of the group had surrendered, including two earlier on Sunday, and at least seven were wounded.
Mr. Avetisyan said the security forces had tried to storm the compound on Saturday night and used a vehicle to smash a wall, but then retreated. On Sunday, “there was intense shooting, stun grenades exploded, and armored vehicles entered the territory,” he said.
The gunmen surrendered to avoid heavy losses on both sides, he said.
In the initial attack, the gunmen killed one officer and wounded several others. The police accused them of killing a second officer on Saturday in a vehicle away from the compound, but Mr. Avetisyan denied it.
The gunmen had held four police officers hostage for a week before releasing them unharmed. They later seized four members of an ambulance crew, but freed the last two on Saturday.
On Saturday night, demonstrators marched down Baghramyan Avenue toward the main government buildings and the presidential residence, but they were stopped by the riot police, who strung coils of barbed wire across the road. The demonstrators blocked traffic for two hours but dispersed peacefully early Sunday.
Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:47 AM
Member of Sasna Dzrer armed group shot in his chest
15:30 | July 31,2016 | Politics
The Founding Parliament opposition movement reports that Sedrak (Seto) Nazaryan, one of the members of the Sasna Dzrer armed group, was wounded to his chest in the area of a Yerevan police compound the group has been occupying for already two weeks.
The information was later confirmed by the Spokesman for the Armenian Police, Ashot Aharonyan, who said in a Facebook post that Sedrak Nazaryan had been taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and had been provided with proper medical assistance.
Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:48 AM
07.31.2016 11:36 epress.amArmenian Armed Group Insist They Had Nothing to Do with Killing of Policeman
Varuzhan Avetisyan, one of the leaders of “Daredevils of Sasun” armed group who’ve been occupying a Yerevan police station for more than a week, announced Sunday morning in conversation with 1in.am that the gunmen had nothing to do withyesterday’s killing of a police officer.
Police spokesperson Ashot Aharonyan wrote on Facebook Saturday evening that 30-year-old officer of police forces Yuri Tepanosyan was shot by a sniper while sitting in a car parked some 400 meters from the seized building. Aharonyan claimed that the fire had come from the occupied territory; Avetisyan, meanwhile, insisted today that this spot is out of the group’s sight and therefore the officer “must have been killed by a police sniper.”
“I’m not saying it was intentional, but I can assure that we [did not kill Tepanosyan,” the group leader said.
Avetisyan added that all four members of the ambulance crew, who on Wednesday entered the station to treat wounded gunmen and were not allowed to leave, have already been let go. "They were not hostages; there was no control over them and they had been told they were free to leave whenever they wanted. And [the two remaining medics] did so yesterday," the gunman said.
Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:49 AM
by Naira Badalyan
- Sunday, July 31, 22:05
Members of Daredevils of Sasoun - the armed group that seized the police compound about two weeks ago demanding resignation of the president and release of their jailed opposition leader Jirayr Sefilyan – are going to lay down their arms and leave the seized territory.
Leader of the group Varuzhan Avetisyan made such statement without providing any details.
Activists of the Coordination Council have just declared addressing the protesters in the Liberty Square that 11 members of the group agreed to lay down their arms subject to the fulfillment of a number of their demands. The activists did not specify what demands they were speaking about.
Albert Baghdasaryan, the activist of the Coordination Council said the group agreed to lay down arms to prevent bloodshed, which does not mean however that they refuse from their demands made earlier.
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