YEREVAN. – Clashes broke out between the protesters and police during an action in memory of “Food Provider” Arthur Sargsyan – an activist who died in jail earlier this week.
According to the Armenian News-NEWS.am correspondent, protesters sat near the building of government and closed the street.
Police used force to disperse the crowd which resulted in clashes. Finally law enforcers made them stand up, but the street is still closed. The building of the government is cordoned by police.
On Saturday protesters handed over a letter to the government demanding that Sargsyan has to be buried at Yerablur military cemetery. They have not received any answer from the government yet.
Artur Sargsyan, a.k.a. the Food Provider, died Thursday at “Armenia” Medical Center, in capital city of Yerevan
Sargsyan, who was charged with aiding the Sasna Tsrer armed group, was released from prison on December 31, 2016, since he had an illness that was incompatible with imprisonment. On February 9, however, he was arrested yet again. Subsequently, Sargsyan went on hunger strike, and demanded that his preventive measure of arrest be commuted.
A few days ago, and with a written guarantee by several dozen MPs, he was released from prison and immediately hospitalized. Several days ago, however, he left the hospital on his own volition. But his health grew worse on Wednesday evening, and he was rushed to “Armenia” Medical Center, where he underwent surgery; but he did not regain consciousness after this operation.
The Sasna Tsrer armed group had taken over a police patrol regiment building in Yerevan, taken hostages, but later surrendered, in July 2016.