Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by Nana Martirosyan
Police and protesters clashed on Amiryan Street in Yerevan. Nearly 20 activists have been detained.
ArmInfo's correspondent reports from the scene that when detaining the activists police officers were severely beating them, including women and reporters.
Not long before the clashes, Deputy Head of the Yerevan Police Valery Osipyan warned the protesters to end demonstrations, otherwise tougher measures would be taken against them. He refused to allow the protesters to the president's residence where a very important event is taking place.
The demonstrators moved back to the Government building and came across police cordon. The number of protesters has grown to 1000 people. People encourage them from their homes and officers chanting "Serzhik Leave Away!"
The police have cordoned off the Sakharov Square, with activists uselessly trying to break through. There are injured on both the parties. The number of the protesters and police keeps growing.