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STEPANAKERT. – In the evening of February 20, the Office of the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) received a report that a group of citizens carried out a car rally accompanied by political calls in the vicinity of Stepanakert’s Renaissance Square, during which police apprehended eight people.

The Artsakh Ombudsman’s representatives visited the Stepanakert police department, got familiarized with the circumstances and grounds of the incident, and had conversations with the apprehended persons, the Artsakh Ombudsman's Office informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.

Police explained to them that the reason for their being apprehended was the failure to comply with a lawful police request, which resulted in an administrative detention.

The Ombudsman's representatives reported that all eight apprehended persons were released within three hours.

Artsakh1.am has released a video showing police stopping the citizens' movement and saying they are using sound signals, which is an obstacle to other traveling citizens.

These protesters are driving in the streets of Stepanakert, chanting that they demand the resignation of President Bako Sahakyan and Minister of Emergency Situations Levon Mnatsakanyan.

Afterwards, the police demand from these citizens to go to the police station, but they refuse, after which the law enforcers apprehend them.

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