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Street Battles in Yerevan

By IWPR
  • Early on the morning of March 1 2008, riot police gained control of most of central Yerevan after breaking up an opposition tent-city in the middle of the capital.
    Early on the morning of March 1 2008, riot police gained control of most of central Yerevan after breaking up an opposition tent-city in the middle of the capital.
  • Riot police move in on a crowd of opposition protesters who had remained defiantly near the French embassy. There were clashes before most of the crowd agreed to disperse.
    Riot police move in on a crowd of opposition protesters who had remained defiantly near the French embassy. There were clashes before most of the crowd agreed to disperse.
  • A woman slightly hurt after violence near the French embassy.
    A woman slightly hurt after violence near the French embassy.
  • A woman taken ill near the French embassy.
    A woman taken ill near the French embassy.
  • A soldier in central Yerevan near a burnt-out bus.
    A soldier in central Yerevan near a burnt-out bus.
  • A state of emergency was declared on the evening of March 1. Riot police move onto the crossing of Leo and Paronian Streets in central Yerevan.
    A state of emergency was declared on the evening of March 1. Riot police move onto the crossing of Leo and Paronian Streets in central Yerevan.
  • Opposition protesters seized a bus, slashed the tyres and turned it into a barricade.
    Opposition protesters seized a bus, slashed the tyres and turned it into a barricade.
  • Cars were wrecked and shops smashed in an evening of clashes. At least seven protesters and one policemen were reported killed in the course of the day.
    Cars were wrecked and shops smashed in an evening of clashes. At least seven protesters and one policemen were reported killed in the course of the day.

On March 1 2008 the Armenian authorities sent in police who used force to break up opposition rallies protesting against the result of the February 19 presidential election, in which Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian was declared the winner. Eight people were reported killed and scores were injured. The authorities declared a state of emergency and imposed a news blackout.