16 Apr 2018 16:52

Three policemen hospitalized after clashes with protesters in Yerevan

YEREVAN. April 16 (Interfax) - Three policemen have been admitted to Yerevan's Nairi medical center with various injuries, the center's deputy director Anatoly Gnuni told reporters.

"Light shrapnel wounds. Not life threatening," Gnuni said.

Nikol Pashinyan, a protest leader, was hospitalized with cuts, Gnuni said.

"There is no immediate threat to his life either," Gnuni said.

Clashes between protesters and police began on Monday on Bagramyan Avenue in downtown Yerevan. The demonstrators are protesting former President Serzh Sargsyan's nomination for the post of prime minister.

Pashinyan, the leader of the opposition parliamentary faction Elk and an opponent of Sargsyan's nomination, has called on his supporters to march toward the parliament building.

Some demonstrators have managed to break through police cordons. Barbed wire has been strung along the avenue. Police have used tear gas. Popping sounds have been heard, and some people have been injured.