Saturday, July 30, 2016

Growing Unrest In Armenia

VICE News: Hostage situation at police station triggers violent protests in Armenia

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 transmission tower.

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WNU Editor: The video below explains why there is growing unrest in Armenia.

More News On The Growing Unrest In Armenia

Armenia police officer killed amid hostage crisis -- BBC
Police officer shot dead in lengthy Armenia stand-off -- AFP
Armenian Police Accuse Barricaded Gunmen of Killing Officer -- AP
Armenia hostage standoff: Police officer shot dead -- Al Jazeera
Riot police and protesters clash in Yerevan, Armenia -- BBC
Armenia hostage standoff: Clashes erupt in Yerevan -- Al Jazeera
Armenians step up their demands in a fourth summer of protest -- The Guardian

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