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US News Armenia: Thousands of demonstrators demand the departure of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

21:50  05 december  2020
21:50  05 december  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Several thousand demonstrators gathered in Yerevan on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian, criticized for having accepted the ceasefire enshrining Azerbaijan's victory in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

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

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

"Nikol is a political corpse"

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It is extremely important to find mutually acceptable solutions over all sensible issues, Armenia ’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at the session of the He said that this year was especially hard for Armenia but the republic has not reduced the tempo of participation in the processes within the EAEU.

Prime Minister . "We are accused of not being able to avoid war. Were you avoiding 2016? You could not avoid it, you could stop the war based on the verbal promise to return the territories", the RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said this in a video message.

In the crowd, the flags of Armenia and Nagorno-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 have received such wounds that it will take several generations to heal them", she added.

Under the agreement of 9 November, Armenia pledged to hand over three districts - - Lachin, Kalbajar and Aghdam - which had escaped Azerbaijan's control since 1994. These districts were part of a buffer zone around Nagorno-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 Nagorno-Karabakh , reduced, and given the deployment of 2,000 Russian peacekeepers responsible in particular for ensuring the security of the Latchin 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.

With AFP

Yerevan: thousands of demonstrators protest against the government .
© Provided by Le Point 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".

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