2018-07-06 12:42:00

Protesters break into Etchmiadzin Monastery, demand resignation of Armenian catholicos

Yerevan, July 6, Interfax - Protestors demanding the resignation of Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians have broken into the chancellery of the head of the Armenian church at the Etchmiadzin Monastery.

The protesters "are making ultimatums and behaving provocatively. They do not want to heed the calls to stop these unacceptable actions," Vagram Melikyan, the head of the chancellery's press service, wrote on Facebook.

Karen Petrosyan, the leader of the group demanding the resignation of the catholicos, told the media the protesters had been attacked by clergymen.

"We will stand here and will not leave until the catholicos leaves his post," he said.

Police are on the scene.