But it was stopped by razor wife and a larger number of security forces standing behind it.
RFE/RL's Armenian service recorded the incident, and while the attackers have yet to be identified, their vehicle, style of dress and violent behavior suggests a connection to organized crime or the country's oligarchs (the two are often interlinked). The tense standoff thus continued, with the police not immediately acting on their threats. He later said his injuries came from cutting his hands on barbed wire and a stun grenade explosion, and not from police batons.
Six police officers and 40 rioters were injured in clashes and received medical attention, the Health Ministry said. He also made clear that "in effect" he was not beaten up by the police. Many followed his lead by offering police officers tulips.
Reportedly, among the students taking part in the action, and police clashed. "The police did not manage to disperse the participants of our rally".
Authorities called on him to end the protests, which they threatened to break up by force. "The Republican Party will not be in government".
The pro-Moscow politician ended his second and final presidential term last week but has been nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime minister.
The Dashnaktsutsiun Party, the Republicans ruling coalition ally, also backs Sarksyan's candidacy, meaning he should easily secure the simple majority needed for election.
"We need to start right now, streets are to be blockaded this night".
"Officially I declare that in the country a revolutionary situation", he said. "Tomorrow, the whole Armenia should take to the streets; we should let this cursed session", he stressed.
Protesters took to the streets after Nikol Pashinyan, leader of the initiative dubbed "My Step", announced an action of civil disobedience and urged all to go on a strike and join the rally. After Khachatur Abovyan, which is located in the city center.
Armenia has gone through a constitutional reform to turn the country from a presidential republic into a parliamentary one.