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Dozens of Rally Participants Approach Captured Police Building in Yerevan

© REUTERS / Vahram Baghdasaryan/PhotolurePolicemen block a street after group of armed men seized a police station along with an unknown number of hostages, according the country's security service, in Yerevan, Armenia, July 17, 2016.
Policemen block a street after group of armed men seized a police station along with an unknown number of hostages, according the country's security service, in Yerevan, Armenia, July 17, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Several dozen participants in the rally following the police building seizure approached the cordoned area at Liberty Square in central Yerevan on Monday.

YEREVAN (Sputnik) — On Sunday, an armed group took several police officers hostage at a patrol police station in the capital's district of Erebuni. The hostage takers are demanding the release of Jirair Sefilian, an opposition politician and the founder of the New Armenia Public Salvation Front. Sefilian, who took part in the 1988-1994 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, is accused of the illegal acquisition and possession of arms.

Policemen block a street after a group of armed men seized a police station along with an unknown number of hostages, according the country's security service, in Yerevan, Armenia, July 17, 2016. - Sputnik International
Another Hostage Freed From Yerevan Police Station - Security Service
​The people taking the square are debating what action should the government take in the future.

Earlier on Monday, the rally participants in the center of Yerevan headed to the Erebuni district but were blocked by the police. The first deputy head of Armenian Police Hunan Poghosyan persuaded the protesters to return to Liberty Square.

Earlier in the day, Pogosyan said that an armed group has been holding five people hostage, after letting one of six hostages go. He added that the armed group refused to lay down their arms and surrender and that negotiations are ongoing.

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