Pro­test­ers, po­lice clash over hostage cri­sis

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

At least 50 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 25 po­lice of­fi­cers, were wounded in Ar­me­nia af­ter a night of clashes be­tween po­lice and protests linked to a four-day hostage stand­off, the coun­try’s health min­istry said.

Po­lice said 136 peo­ple had been de­tained dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s vi­o­lence in the cap­i­tal, Yere­van, lo­cal jour­nal­ist Roubina Mar­gos­sian said.

Demon­stra­tors re­port­edly at­tacked po­lice de­ployed out­side a sta­tion where gun­men have been hold­ing four of­fi­cers hostage since Sun­day morn­ing.

The gun­men have de­manded the res­ig­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Serzh Sark­isian and the re­lease of Ji­rair Se­fil­ian, a jailed op­po­si­tion leader and for­mer mil­i­tary com­man­der, who was ar­rested in June.

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