Policemen during demolition of cafes in Yerevan. Photo by Tigran Petrosyan for the Caucasian Knot

15 March 2019, 19:40

In Yerevan, all protestors released (+video)

In Yerevan, after drawing up protocols on administrative violations, the police released participants of a protest action against the dismantling of cafes.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on March 14, in accordance with the decision of the Yerevan City Mayoralty, two cafes on Freedom Square were dismantled, despite the protests of the cafe owners and employees. Four persons were injured in clashes between the protesters and the police. 41 protesters were detained, and 25 of them were released by the police by the end of the day. One policeman lost his job after a video showing how he was beating an opponent of the cafe demolition appeared on the Internet.

In the evening on March 14, 16 detainees remained in police custody, and by midnight they were released. All the detainees are brought to administrative responsibility, the police of Armenia reports today.

This early morning, workers of the municipality have started dismantling cafes located near Freedom Square. They are sawing the iron frames of summer cafes. The situation on the square is calm, and owners and employees of the cafes do not interfere with the dismantling works, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 15, 2019 at 12:10 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Tigran Petrosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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