Several thousand supporters of the opposition Movement to Save the Motherland began a march in the center of Yerevan on Tuesday to the buildings of the National Security Service (SNB) and the police, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Reported by the correspondent. TASS from the scene.
“The march goes to the buildings of the National Security Service and the police. Everything is very simple, we will not allow Pashinyan to use these services and establish a dictatorship. We call on the officers of these services to stand on the side of the people. Pashinyan must leave,” said one of the initiators of the protest, a representative party “Dashnaktsutyun” Ishkhan Saghatelyan.
Participants in the march chant anti-government slogans and sing patriotic songs. The police have concentrated large forces in the center of the capital, but are not hindering the procession.
Since November 10, 2020, protests have not stopped in Armenia with calls for Pashinyan’s resignation. The opposition blames him for economic and social problems. Opponents of the prime minister also argue that the joint statement on the complete cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, which he signed on November 9 with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev, actually became surrender. Against this background, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian earlier called for early parliamentary elections, and before them transfer power to the government of national accord.
Pashinyan himself stated that he was ready to resign on the condition that the main opposition forces sign a memorandum on holding early parliamentary elections, until which he will retain his status. about. heads of government. The opposition rejected this initiative.