Police in Armenia on Tuesday detained more than 200 anti-government protesters as opposition parties up pressure on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan.

Protests erupted in Yerevan on Sunday with the opposition demanding Pashinyan’s resignation accusing him of plotting to cede to Baku all the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Demonstrations continued Monday and there were chaotic scenes on Tuesday in central Yerevan where police detained dozens of people as groups of protesters blocked traffic on all main streets.

The country’s interior ministry said in a statement that «206 demonstrators were detained» in Yerevan and several provincial cities.

These are the worst protests since elections last September, highlighting continued bitterness over Pashinyan’s leadership during a war in 2020.

Source: https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20220503-armenia-detains-hundreds-of-anti-govt-protesters-as-opposition-calls-for-pm-to-resign


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