Protests today in Yerevan, Armenia

There are reports that at least 5,000 demonstrators marched to the presidential headquarters in Yerevan, Armenia, and also staged a sit-in blocking road traffic. Riot police intervened and used water cannon to disperse the crowds. Violent clashes occurred with at least 11 police and 7 protesters injured so far.

Advice For Travellers

Protests in Yerevan began on June 17 when utility prices dramatically increased, and further protests are expected. To minimize safety risk, avoid the areas around Opera Square, Marshall Baghramyan Avenue, and any open space where public gatherings could occur. Although some protest gatherings have been peaceful, today police officers confiscated knives, brass knuckles, batons and metal rods. Even peaceful protests can escalate quickly and unexpectedly and become violent.