Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Protests in Yerevan: announced the beginning of the revolution

Protests in Yerevan: announced the beginning of the revolution

An Armenian opposition leader on Monday urged demonstrators to take to the streets again, even after he and dozens of others were hurt in protests over moves by the country's former president to maintain his grip on power.

Protests in Armenia continued for a fourth straight day on April 16, growing to an estimated 10,000 people and effectively shutting down Yerevan's downtown. He said all roads leading to the National Assembly should be blocked by protesters in order to prevent it from installing Sarkisian as Armenia's prime minister.

The Armenian Health Ministry reported later that 46 people required medical assistance after the clash.

Protest leader Nikol Pashinyan was also reportedly among the injured and suffered lacerate wounds after falling on the barbed wire.

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Several thousand demonstrators pressed ahead with protests that began Friday, marching through the centre of the capital Yerevan and staging sit-in protests outside government buildings.

But Pashinian vowed to continue with the protests.

Serzh Sargsyan was nominated by the Republican Party of Armenia and ARF Dashnakustyun.

The pro-Moscow politician is expected to be elected by parliament on Tuesday. "Through civil disobedience he has shown that Armenian citizens aren't indifferent to their state, aren't indifferent to the fact that Serzh Sarkisian is getting ready to occupy the post of prime minister, which will consolidate the culture of authoritarian government". The injuries were caused by the special measures that had been taken by the police.

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Security forces clad in full riot gear used batons and stun grenades against the crowd when it attempted to break through a police cordon several hundred meters away from the parliament building. Serzh Sargsyan, who held the office for almost a decade, had promised he wouldn't seek the key job of prime minister.

A shrewd former military officer, Sarkisian has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million since winning a presidential vote in 2008.

He had promised in 2014 that he would "not aspire" to be prime minister if Armenia switched from a presidential to a parliamentary system as a result of the referendum, and Pashinian and other opposition leaders now accuse him of breaking that pledge.

Before Pashinyan said about the transition to action, "locking" of transport and the Parliament of Armenia.

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