YEREVAN (Yerkir)—A large number of police raided a peaceful protest organized by environmentalists at the city’s Mashdots Park on Wednesday night and forcibly dispersed the protesters, witnesses at the scene reported.
Police, which according to eyewitness accounts numbered in the hundreds, ran into the park where the protesters gathered around a tent and raided the tent, pushing and shoving through the crowd.
“They pulled one of the protesters from the tent and dragged him out. His eyeglasses fell and he could not see anything in the dark,” said one eyewitness.
When the police burst on the scene, those gathered at the park to protest environmental policies and abuses by the government, were talking among themselves and drinking hot tea.
At one point, the number of police outnumbered the protesters.
Asbarez will have more on this developing story.