Yerevan police employ riot control methods to rein in opposition-sparked protesters

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Participants protesting against the appointment of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister blocked central streets of Yerevan. 'Fake agenda' Parliamentary vice-speaker Eduard Sharmazanov, who is the ruling party's spokesman, dismissed the protests as "the opposition's artificial and fake agenda".

Parliament, which is dominated by the ruling party, is to decide on Tuesday whether to install Sarkysan as prime minister.

Protesters led by opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian broke into the building Saturday and tried to get on the air but failed and retreated shortly afterward.

Anti-Serzh Sargsyan activists staged an impromptu sit down in Hayk Square in Vanadzor, Armenia's third largest town this afternoon.

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The Prosecutor's Office has asked police to investigate whether a crime was committed when protesters entered the university and radio station. Earlier on Monday, demonstrators marched through the centre of Yerevan and blocked streets after Pashinian called on Armenians to prevent Sarkisian's political transition.

Forty-six citizens, including six police officers, applied for medical assistance as of 16:30, the Ministry of Health reported. The statement also stressed that the right to peaceful assembly "wasn't absolute" if accompanied by gross violations of public order.

Armen Sarkisian, no relation to Serzh, became Armenia's new president on April 9. The ruling Republican Party and the government-friendly Dashnaktsutyun Party formally nominated Sarkisian as candidate for the post of prime minister on Monday despite the protests.

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