Eastern Europe

'Nikol is a traitor!': protesting Armenians block road in Yerevan

23:16, 16 November 2020
'Nikol is a traitor!': protesting Armenians block road in Yerevan Photo: Alexander Ryumin/TASS

About a thousand people who disagreed with the results of the armed confrontation in Nagorno-Karabakh came to the building of the General Prosecutor's Office in the center of Yerevan, demanding Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's resignation.

The protesters relocated to the department building from the square near the Opera House, where the rally was held, RIA Novosti reports. Interior Ministry officers cordoned off the entrance to the building. The atmosphere at the venue is calm.

Having gathered in this place, people blocked one of the roads. From time to time, they shout, 'Nikol is a traitor!'

Opposition actions have been taking place in Yerevan since last week. Participants demand Pashinyan's resignation, who signed an agreement on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The special investigative service of the republic launched a criminal case under the article 'Organizing and holding an assembly in violation of the procedure established by law.'

On the night of November 10, the leaders of Russia and Azerbaijan, Vladimir Putin, and Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, adopted a joint statement on the conditions for ending the conflict in Karabakh. Under the terms of the agreement, the armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan will remain in their places, and the parties will start exchanging war prisoners and bodies of soldiers. Russia will deploy peacekeepers to Nagorno Karabakh to monitor the ceasefire. That sparked protests in Yerevan. The opposition demanded Pashinyan's resignation, and a revision of the agreement concluded.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that the resignation is not on the agenda of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.