21 Apr 2018 19:16

Hooliganism case opened based on violations during Yerevan protests, 5 people detained

YEREVAN. April 21 (Interfax) - Armenia's Prosecutor General's Office has opened a criminal case on the basis of a fact of hooliganism that occurred in Yerevan on Friday and in the early hours of Saturday.

"In the period between the morning of Aril 20 and 1:30 a.m. on April 21, protesters in 60 cars deliberately, massively and clearly violated public order, bothering Yerevan residents with loud signals, including at night, creating an atmosphere of fear and panic," the agency press service said.

The Armenian central police department has opened a criminal case based on indications of a crime enshrined by Part 1 of Article 258 of the Armenian Criminal Code (hooliganism).

"Five people have been detained. A search is underway for the other citizens who have committed an evident crime," the Prosecutor General's Office said.

Protests organized by supporters of the opposition politician, who oppose the appointment of ex-president Serzh Sargsyan to the post of prime minister of Armenia, have been taking place in Yerevan since April 13.

Serzh Sargsyan called for dialogue on Saturday, but his offer was rejected by the opposition politician.