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Armenian Police Break Up Opposition Protest

YEREVAN -- Riot police used force to disperse more than 200 opposition supporters outside a court in Yerevan where seven opposition members are on trial on charges of attempting a coup d'etat, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

The trial was adjourned on January 16 before it began for the sixth consecutive time because the defendants continue to refuse to stand up to show respect for Judge Mnatsakan Martirosian.

Martirosian again called their defiant stance a "disrespectful attitude to the court."

He scheduled the next court session for January 30.

Moments later, protesters who had gathered outside the court building in a show of support for the defendants tried to march to the Prosecutor-General's Office located in the city center.

Dozens of riot police blocked their way, saying the protest was unsanctioned by city authorities and interfered with traffic.