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US News Yerevan: thousands of demonstrators protest against the government

18:50  05 december  2020
18:50  05 december  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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YEREVAN (Sputnik) - The demonstration of the Armenian opposition in downtown Yerevan has begun, with People protest against what they consider unfavorable terms of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal that Pashinyan signed last month on the back of a 1.5-month armed conflict with Azerbaijan.

Around 130 people were arrested in Yerevan earlier on Wednesday after protests against Prime Minister Pashinyan's decision to sign a ceasefire Armenian Opposition Plans to Hold Rally Against Pashinyan in Yerevan on Thursday. 20:06. Russia Informs UN Security Council About Content of

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Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the center of Yerevan on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian, criticized for having accepted the cease-fire fire dedicating the victory of Azerbaijan after six weeks of war in Nagorno Karabakh.

More than 10,000 people gathered during the afternoon, according to AFP reporters there, as protesters continued to flow, holding "Nikol the traitor" signs and chanting "Nikol" , go away".

This is the largest opposition rally since the start of the protest against the Prime Minister.

The demonstration took place peacefully. The procession stopped at the doors of the residences where government figures and the Prime Minister live, before dispersing.

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Armenian soldiers have joined protests against the prime minister in the country's capital Yerevan . Live footage from the protests in Yerevan has shown unarmed soldiers mixing with the demonstrators and waving the Tens of thousands have marched in the capital and other cities in recent days.

peaceful demonstrators exercising their constitutional right for peaceful and free assemblies, to raise their voice against the current corrupt regime of Armenia. civic activism and brought thousands of people to the streets of Yerevan .This was followed by disproportionate and brutal use of force by police.

The agreement signed between Baku and Yerevan under Russian patronage on November 9 granted significant territorial gains to Azerbaijan and is considered catastrophic by many Armenians, who have since demanded the resignation of Mr. Pachinian.

In the crowd, flags of Armenia and Nagorny Karabakh were seen on Saturday, while some held up photos of the soldiers who died at the front.

"Nikol is a political corpse. I have no intention of following a corpse to his grave," Mania Khachatrian, 49, told AFP.

"Because of him our homeland, our people received wounds such that it will take several generations to heal them", she added.

Under the agreement of 9 November, Armenia pledged to surrender three districts - Lachin, Kalbajar and Aghdam - which had escaped Azerbaijani control since 1994.

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Various political and civil groups staged anti - government protests in Armenia in 2013. The first series of protests were held following the 2013 presidential election and were led by the former presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian.

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These districts were part of a buffer zone around Nagorny Karabakh, a mountainous region populated mainly by Armenians who seceded from Azerbaijan following a war in the 1990s.

The agreement nevertheless enabled the survival of Nagorny Karabakh, lessened, and given the deployment of 2,000 Russian peacekeepers responsible in particular for ensuring the security of the Lachin corridor, which has become the only road linking Nagorny Karabakh to Armenia.

Vladimir Poutine on Wednesday brought his support to Nikol Pachinian, saluting his "courage" in the face of a "very difficult but necessary decision".

In a televised address on Saturday, Nikol Pachinian said he did not intend to resign, saying the government's priority now was to organize the return of prisoners of war and the bodies of the victims.

On the Armenian side, more than 2,300 soldiers and 50 civilians died in this conflict.

05/12/2020 15:48:13 - Yerevan (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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