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Protests shut streets in Armenia’s capital, roads in different components to demand the Prime Minister’s resignation

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Police detain a protester throughout rally in opposition to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan, Armenia, on Monday, May 27, 2024. Protesters demanding the resignation of Armenia’s Prime Minister blocked foremost streets within the capital metropolis and different components of the nation, sporadically clashing with police. Police on Monday mentioned 196 individuals have been detained in Yerevan.
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Protesters demanding the resignation of Armenia’s Prime Minister on Monday blocked foremost streets within the capital metropolis and different components of the nation, sporadically clashing with police.

Police mentioned 196 individuals have been detained in Yerevan. Protests have roiled the nation for weeks, sparked by the federal government’s return of 4 border villages to Azerbaijan.

The demonstrations are spearheaded by Bagrat Galstanyan, a high-ranking cleric within the Armenian Apostolic Church and archbishop of the Tavush diocese in Armenia’s northeast, the place the returned villages are positioned.

Although the villages had been the protests’ rallying level, they’ve expanded to specific a big selection of complaints in opposition to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his authorities.

Top figures in Mr. Galstanyan’s Tavush for the Homeland motion instructed an enormous rally in Yerevan on Sunday that they help Mr. Galstanyan changing into the subsequent Prime Minister.

The resolution to show over the villages in Tavush adopted a lightning army marketing campaign in September, during which Azerbaijan’s army pressured ethnic Armenian separatists within the Karabakh area to capitulate.

After Azerbaijan took full management of Karabakh, about 120,000 individuals fled the area, nearly all from its ethnic Armenian inhabitants.

Ethnic Armenian fighters backed by the Armenian army had taken management of Karabakh in 1994 after a six-year warfare. Azerbaijan regained a number of the territory after preventing in 2020 ended an armistice introduced on by a Russian peacekeeping drive, which started withdrawing this yr.

Mr. Pashinyan has mentioned Armenia must shortly outline the border with Azerbaijan to keep away from a brand new spherical of hostilities.

The tensions in Monday’s protests had been additionally coloured by issues about extreme flooding that hit the Tavush area and adjoining areas this week. Armenian officers mentioned Monday that a minimum of 4 individuals have died and 429 others have been evacuated.

The head of Armenia’s nationwide rescue service, Kamo Tsutsutsyan, mentioned that a number of settlements had been reduce off by floodwaters and {that a} cableway was being constructed to succeed in a number of the stranded.

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