Armenian opposition blocks government buildings in Yerevan

15:24, 22 December 2020
Armenian opposition blocks government buildings in Yerevan Photo: Vahram Baghdasaryan / Photolure / TASS

An opposition rally demanding the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has kicked off in Yerevan. Hundreds of activists blocked the buildings of the government and the Prosecutor General's Office.

The rally was organized by seventeen opposition parties in Armenia, which created the Movement for the Salvation of the Motherland. Thousands of people have joined the protests, demanding Pashinyan's resignation.

Armenia without Nikol! Nikol must quit! TASS reports, quoting the slogans.

The agency's correspondent has said that the situation on Republic Square, where the building of the Cabinet of Ministers is located, is tense. Law enforcement officers are working in an enhanced mode. The protesters block the building on Vazgen Sargsyan Street, which houses the country's Foreign Ministry and other establishments.

Nikol Pashinyan must resign. He did everything to start the war, did not stop it when there were such proposals. He is guilty of the surrender of our land, as well as the death of our children, said former Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov.

The armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which had smoldered for many years due to a territorial dispute, resumed September 27. Baku launched a counter-offensive operation that lasted for weeks.

Pashinyan is criticized for the outcome of the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. On the night of November 10, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev, and Nikol Pashinyan adopted a joint statement on the conditions for ending the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the terms of the agreement, the armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan remained in their places. Russia deployed its peacekeepers to monitor compliance with the ceasefire.

The cessation of hostilities sparked mass protests in Armenia. reported earlier that protesters tried to prevent Pashinyan's motorcade from entering Syunik