Pashinian Continues To Lead Protests For An 'Armenia Without Serzh'

Pashinian Continues To Lead Protests For An 'Armenia Without Serzh'

Pashinian Continues To Lead Protests For An 'Armenia Without Serzh'

More than 20 people were arrested in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, as protesters attempted to block a government building on April 19.

This morning, Police used force and detained dozens of demonstrators, opposed to the election of Serzh Sargsyan as Armenia's new prime minister.

Sarksyan's appointment has drawn criticism from political opponents, who accuse him of engineering a power grab.

Armenian opposition which earlier announced about starting a velvet revolution continues holding mass protests against the ex-president Serzh Sargsyan becoming the new Prime Minister of the country.

The demonstrators, led by Nikol Pashinyan, were surrounded by armed police for some time, calling on to Police to join the movement.

A constitutional amendment approved in 2015 has transferred governing powers from the presidency to the premier.

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Then the participants of the action unlawfully took the portrait of Serzh Sargsyan from the building of the Armenian consulate and burned it.

But the number of demonstrators dwindled on Wednesday, compared with Tuesday's rally of some 40,000 - the largest Armenia has seen in years.

People rally shouting slogans during an opposition rally in central Yerevan on April 18, 2018.

A former military officer, Serzh Sarkisian, 63, has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million people for a decade.

The protests began also in Gyumri. The two men are not related. In the square there were about a hundred protesters, the streets in the city opened, the police cordoned off the area.

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