Armenia: Capturers of Yerevan police station decided to surrender


Varuzhan Avetisyan, who is one of the leaders of the group of armed men who captured a police building in Yerevan, said that they decided to surrender.

According to him, the group had two options: either to keep fighting the police and other services, and shed people’s blood, or do not go to the bloodshed, and become war prisoners.

“It was a difficult decision for us,” he said, adding that the process has started at 19.00 local time.

Avetisyan said that out of nearly 30 members of the group, only 20 left, and enforcement officers and special forces are already on the territory of the building, so they only could fight to the last, or surrender.

Avetisyan and his team have been holding the building since July 17, demanding the resignation of the President of Armenia, and release of one of radical opposition leader Jirair Sefilian.

One of the policemen was killed during the capture of the building, and 6 people were injured. Another policeman was killed on June 30.