More than 100 demonstrators detained in Yerevan during anti-govt protests

More than 100 demonstrators detained in Yerevan during anti-govt protests

Armenian police said protest leader Nikol Pashinyan was on Sunday "forcibly taken" from a protest rally, dismissing reports of his arrest as riot police and demonstrators clashed in Yerevan. "If you do not accept the lawful demand of the state, goodbye", PM Sargsyan said and walked out on the opposition lawmaker.

Sargsyan: "A party that scored 8 percent in [parliamentary] elections can't speak on behalf of the people". According to Azatutyun, Anatoly Yeghiazarian was pushed to the ground, punched, and kicked by police as he attempted to film them on his phone, despite showing them his press credentials.

"I am to meet Serzh Sargsyan at 10:00 tomorrow at the Marriott Hotel to discuss his resignation and peaceful transition of power", Pashinyan said. The president of the National Assembly, Ara Babloyan, has also issued a statement calling for the need for political dialogue. "Although I don't quite imagine how long we can negotiate in the presence of dozens of reporters, nevertheless I am happy", the Prime Minister said at the beginning.

Opponents says the shift effectively makes Serzh Sarkisian a leader for life.

Mr Pashinyan, who has been leading the protests, has insisted that Mr Sarkisian should resign as prime minister. The two Sarkisians are not related.

Armenian President Armen Sarkisian, who succeeded Sargsyan, met Pashinyan at the square and two men had a brief consversation.

Some demonstrators called on their supporters to gather in Republic Square in the center of Yerevan.

Sarkisian has said his experience in regulating the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute is one of the reasons he should remain in power. He urged Armenians to demonstrate against the government with even "greater vigor".

In Yerevan (Armenia) during the protests arrested 183 people. Tens of thousands continued to demonstrate in the streets in a campaign of civil disobedience, blocking several roads and intersections with chants of "free Nikol" heard. About 3,000 people took part in a rally in the evening. On Saturday alone, authorities detained 84 people allegedly attempting to block streets in the capital.

In Artashat, a town about 30 kilometers south of Yerevan, Arus Hakobian, a correspondent for RFE/RL's Armenian Service (Azatutyun.am), was assaulted while streaming live video for Azatutyun TV of an argument between government loyalists and opposition supporters.

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