Thousands of protestors gathered in the Armenia’s capital on Saturday in a reiterated call for the Prime Minister to resign from the office over the peace settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According o releases, there were upwards of ten thousand protestors at the rally, making it one of the largest demonstrations in Yerevan in recent weeks.
Many demonstrators have been arrested by the police. The protestors chorused “Nicole the traitor”, “Armenia without Nikol”, and “wave the flag of Armenia in Karabakh.” Pashinyan announced ceasefire finishing weeks of war over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh that left thousands perished. Under the deal, Armenia acceded to give up numerous districts that had long been controlled by Armenians.
The settlement sparked outrage in Armenia where demonstrators have since staged nearly daily demonstrations. The Prime Minister himself has called the move a disaster but has said that he had no option but to approve it. Pashinyan also said that he had no intentions to resign and that his government’s priority is the return of Armenia’s prisoners of war and those who died in the fighting.
The ceasefire signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia in November closed the worst conflict in the region in decades and is being celebrated as supremacy in bordering Azerbaijan. Some 2000 Russian peacekeeping troops have been stationed in the region since the peace deal came into being. Armenia’s opposition parties suggested Pashinyan of civil disobedience crosswise the country if he does not resign by noon on Tuesday.
Nonetheless, the 17 seventeen parties that are asking the resignation of Nikol Pashinyan do not have a single candidate that is trusted by the most Armenians as most of them are representatives of the previous corrupt government. Moreover, among them are many oligarchs. Huge areas in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier controlled by ethnic Armenians were returned over to Baku, whose troops had seized territory including territories that Azerbaijan lost in an earlier war in the 1990s.