Armenia arrests 125 protesters calling on Pashinyan to resign

Yerevan – Police in Armenia’s capital on Monday arrested 125 anti-government protesters who were blocking streets to protest Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

Protests calling for Pashinyan’s resignation flared up again in Armenia last month after he spoke in the country’s parliament about the need to sign a peace deal with Azerbaijan.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-long conflict over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is part of Azerbaijan but has been under Armenian control since the early 1990s. A six-week war in autumn 2020 saw Azerbaijan regain control of large tracts of land in and around the region before signing a Russian-brokered ceasefire with Armenia. Pashinyan is facing backlash at home for agreeing to the deal.

As Armenia and Azerbaijan moved closer to a proper peace deal this year, opposition forces in Armenia have resumed protests against Pashinyan. Rallies have been taking place in the capital Yerevan almost every day since April 17.

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On Sunday, demonstrators set up tents in central Yerevan for a 24-hour protest. The Interfax news agency reported that barricades made of rubbish bins and street benches were erected and that traffic came to a standstill on France Square, a main thoroughfare connecting four main avenues of the Armenian capital.

Demonstrators blocking traffic were arrested Monday morning. Police spokesmen told Interfax that they had been arrested on charges of refusing to obey police officers.

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