"Police took action and dispersed the crowd, detained 26 people who were taken to the chief police commissariat," Saulius Gagas, chief of Vilnius County Police Commissariat, told the national radio LRT on Wednesday morning.

The persons were detained as part of a pre-trial investigation into the riots. The persons intentionally disturbed the public order and injured officers, police say.

"They all took unlawful action, damaged police vehicles, caused physical pain to officers, and also an ambulance was also pelted with stones," the commissariat chief said.

"I should say that around 10 police officers and officers of the Public Security Service were injured," he added.

But, he says, the number might go up as some officers turned to medics early in the morning after their ended their service.

Riot police eventually dispersed the crowd of protesters at around 2 a.m. as people refused to leave, using shields and teargas.

Some 5,000 people gathered outside the parliament building on Tuesday to protest against the government's planned restrictions for people without immunity to the coronavirus and refusing to get tested.

Once the parliamentary sitting ended, some protested blocked exits from the parliament and the driveway into the parliament's internal courtyard. As officers attempted to push people away, riots broke out and officers were pelted with bottles, flares. Teargas had to be used against protesters.

Gagas also confirmed that several pyrotechnic devices were used and stressed that officers were not the ones who used them.

"I have to assure that police did not use sound grenades or anything else. Those were explosives, pyrotechnic products used by protesters, the riot side," he said.

In his words, two explosions took place and officers later also found non-exploded petards.

Some 70 police officers were sent in to ensure public order.

Around 9.30 p.m., a female officer who worked outside the parliament was taken to a Vilnius hospital and later released to continue treatment at home.

A police protocol was produced for a man, 34, who got into an argument with the protesters, being visually under the influence of alcohol.

Also, a man, 23, was detained, suspected of drug possession, and taken into custody.

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