Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Thousands protest ceasefire, demanding Armenian PM to resign
Protest actions are held in Armenia demanding Pashinyan’s resignation
Protests began after a ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh
Thousands of demonstrators in Armenia took to the streets on Wednesday, shouting “Nikol is a traitor”, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan due to the ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh, which consolidated the territorial acquisitions of Azerbaijani forces.
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Several hundred people marched to the parliament in Yerevan, but were stopped by the police and stood in front of the building, chanting: “Nikol, go away.” According to eyewitnesses, several people were detained, but no serious clashes were reported..
In Azerbaijan, the ceasefire announced on Tuesday was perceived as a victory. Pashinyan called the deal a disaster, but said he had no choice but to sign the deal to prevent defeat..
The demonstrators violated the martial law ban on street rallies. On the eve, protesters ransacked several government buildings. Some of the demonstrators wear protective masks amid the coronavirus pandemic hitting Armenia hard.
About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the region in accordance with the ceasefire agreement.
Pashinyan said that he concluded a peace agreement under pressure from his army. After Azerbaijan took control of the second largest city in the region, the leader of Nagorno-Karabakh warned that Azerbaijani forces could take over the entire enclave..
“This is a great setback and disaster,” Pashinyan said on Tuesday, taking personal responsibility for the situation but refusing to resign..
He has not yet commented on the protests that unfolded on Wednesday..
Seventeen political parties of Armenia called for protests.
Among the detainees was the leader of the Prosperous Armenia opposition party Gagik Tsarukyan, a member of his party Hripsime Arakelyan reported on Facebook. Prosperous Armenia is the second largest faction in parliament.
According to the Russian Armed Forces, Russian peacekeepers, who are to stay in the region for five years, began arriving in the region on Tuesday and took control of the Lachin corridor, a mountain pass connecting Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh..
While Azerbaijan is positioning the ceasefire as its victory, some Azerbaijanis are disappointed that Azerbaijani forces stopped fighting before taking control of all of Nagorno-Karabakh. Other Azerbaijanis are wary of the arrival of peacekeepers from Russia.
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