Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Opposition protests continue in Yerevan

Opposition protests continue in Yerevan

Leader of the Civil Contract opposition party Nikol Pashinyan thanked the Armenian communities of Russian Federation and the United States for their support of the protesters.

Dozens of Armenians were jailed after trying to block access to government buildings.

The state-owned ArmenPress news agency said several roads in Yerevan were fully or partially closed due to protests on April 20.

Armenian police detained dozens of anti-government demonstrators on Thursday, on the seventh day of protests against former President Serzh Sargsyan's election as prime minister. While opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan and his supporters are rallying along the streets of Yerevan, Police urges demonstrator to refrain from "unlawful acts".

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On Wednesday evening, more than 16,000 rallied in central Yerevan's Republic Square, vowing to mount a nationwide campaign of "civil disobedience" in opposition to the Kremlin-backed Sargsyan who on Tuesday was elected by parliament to the post of prime minister after a decade serving as president.

A police spokesman told AFP more than 230 people were detained in Yerevan. Sargsyan's nomination for prime minister is largely regarded as an attempt to stay in power, since the newly amended constitution transferred some of the presidential powers to the head of the government.

Opposition parties have criticised the 63-year-old leader over poverty, corruption and the influence of powerful oligarchs in the country of 2.9 million people.

Another protester, pensioner Ruben, said: "Protests must continue if we want Serzh (Sarkisian) to finally step down".

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On Monday, police used stun grenades against demonstrators who tried to break through a barbed wire barrier to access the parliament building.

"As of now 233 people were delivered to police departments", Dzhanoyan said. At least 230 people were arrested, according to police figures.

He also held the office of prime minister from 2007 to 2008.

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