Rumors that between six and ten people were killed in Armenia that I published  yesterday came to be true, as Armenia’s police confirm that eight people have died in the clashes between presidential election protesters and the riot police.

An Armenian riot policeman examines the remains of a burnt-out ...

Image: An Armenian riot policeman examines the remains of a burnt-out vehcile in Yerevan. Tanks and troops patrolled the Armenian capital after eight people were killed and dozens injured during violent protests against the result of the presidential election. (AFP/karen minasyan) 

According to Armenia Liberty:

At least eight people were killed and hundreds of others injured in the violent standoff between security forces and thousands of opposition protesters in Yerevan that ended early Sunday following a state of emergency declared by President Robert Kocharian.

The Armenian police reported the death toll, citing information received from the Ministry of Health. A police statement issued early in the morning did not identify any of the victims, suggesting that all of them were protesters.

Five of them were identified by Armenia’s Office of the Prosecutor-General later in the day.
The law-enforcement agency said it is investigating the circumstances of their deaths. It added that 33 police officers and interior troops were hospitalized from the scene of the opposition protest with various injuries. Health Minister Harutiun Kushkian put the total number of people treated in hospitals on Saturday at 230.