Hundreds of Protesters in Armenia Block Streets After Prime Minister Ignores Deadline to Resign

Hundreds of protesters marked the start of a protest campaign against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan by blocking the streets in Yerevan after he ignored their deadline for him to resign due to the Russian-brokered peace deal with Azerbaijan.

Hundreds of protesters marked the start of a protest campaign against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan by blocking the streets in Yerevan after he ignored their deadline for him to resign due to the Russian-brokered peace deal with Azerbaijan.

In a televised address on Dec. 8, opposition politician Ishkhan Saghatelyan for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation party announced the start of a civil disobedience and called for Pashinyan to “leave peacefully.”

“From now until 17:00, Armenia’s citizens are justified in using their right to peaceful actions of disobedience to express their demand and to make it heard,” Saghatelyan said.

The opposition demonstrators said that they plan to block streets in the country and to immobilize national transport network if necessary.

Those in opposition had set the midday of Dec. 8 as the deadline for Pashinyan to step down due to his signing of a peace deal last November that ended a six-week conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between forces of ethnic Armenians and Azerbaijan.

Under the peace deal, Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh region were forced to leave their homes as Azerbaijan occupied the areas.


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