More than 230 detained in Armenia after mass protests

Riot police have broken up a mass protest in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. The protest was triggered by the government’s decision to raise electricity prices in the impoverished ex-Soviet republic.

Police have detained more than 230 demonstrators in Yerevan after dispersing a mass protest early on Tuesday. The protest came after about 5,000 people marched to the presidential headquarters on Monday.

Initially, they demonstrated against the government’s plan to raise electricity prices from August 1 in the impoverished former Soviet republic. But later, some of the demonstrators called for the resignation of President Serge Sarkisian.

According to Armenia’s Health Ministry, 25 people – including 11 police officers – were treated for injuries.

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