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    Thousands in Yerevan March on Presidential Palace to "Reclaim"
    Armenia's Independence

    Narek Aleksanyan
    20:02, September 21, 2013

    This afternoon, on Armenian Independence Day, a few thousand marchers
    took to the street in Yerevan in a civic initiative to reclaim
    Armenia's independence and to voice their opposition to President
    Sargsyan's recent announcement that the country intends to join the
    Russian-led Customs Union.

    The marchers, from various political affiliations and stripes,
    assembled in Yerevan's Liberty Square and then made their way down
    Northern Boulevard to Republic Square.

    As the ranks of the marchers swelled, they took over one half of
    Amiryan Street despite the best efforts of the police to confine the
    protestors to the sidewalk.

    A number of minor scuffles broke out between the marchers and the cops
    along the protest route.

    More police were called in to confine the marchers along one sidewalk
    of Mashots Avenue as the throng made its way towards Baghramyan Avenue
    and the Presidential Palace.

    The cops and Special Unit Forces were stretched to the limit as the
    marchers, mainly young people, circumvented police barricades,
    reaching the intersection at the National Assembly.

    There a cordon of police formed a human chain and held back the
    protestors from advancing further.

    In the meantime, a convoy of black SUV's was seen leaving the
    Presidential Palace.

    Once the convoy had fled the scene, the police opened the barricade,
    allowing protestors to assemble opposite the now empty Presidential