Policemen in Armenia. Photo by Tigran Petrosyan for the Caucasian Knot

19 July 2019, 14:36

Law enforcers treat clashes in Ijevan as a planned provocation

All people injured in clashes in Ijevan have been discharged from the hospital, reports the spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry for Public Health. An action held by people engaged in logging was a planned provocation, officials declared.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 17, in Ijevan, 13 policemen were injured during clashes with the people engaged in logging. One of the policemen suffered severe brain concussion. The Armenian Prime Minister called the demands of the protesters unreasonable. 22 participants of the clashes were detained.

In the evening on July 18, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent learned from Alina Nikogosyan, the spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry for Public Health, that all people injured during the clashes in Ijevan were discharged from the hospital.

The situation in Ijevan remains tense. Additional police forces have been accumulated in the city, the "Factor.am" reports.

On July 18, a meeting was held in the administration of the Tavush Region, which was attended by Arthur Vanetsyan, the director of the National Security Service of Armenia, and Valery Osipyan, the head of the Armenian Police.

The rally of the people engaged in logging was not a spontaneous, but a pre-planned provocation, added Arthur Vanetsyan. "Without any doubt, all the guilty persons will be identified and punished," assured the head of the Armenian Police.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 19, 2019 at 04:35 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Tigran Petrosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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