Revisiting the July 2016 Hostage Crisis in Yerevan

On July 17, 2016, a group of armed men called the Daredevils of Sassoun took over a police station in Yerevan. They demanded the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan, and the release of all political prisoners in Armenia. The hostage crisis lasted two weeks, and sparked widespread antigovernment protests throughout the city. Here are the key takeaways one year out from the deadly standoff.