01 June 2021, 23:59
Sixteen protesters detained in Yerevan
In Yerevan, the police detained participant of a protest action held in front of the Armenian government building. The opposition demanded the termination of the powers of Nikol Pashinyan as the chair of the government.
The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on May 20, Nikol Pashinyan announced his intention to sign an agreement with Azerbaijan, but did not disclose the content of the document. A bill prohibiting Nikol Pashinyan from signing a border agreement with Azerbaijan without parliamentary approval did not gain the required number of votes, since MPs from the “My Step” faction had refused to vote. Andrias Gukasyan, the leader of the “Armenian Constructive Party”, called for an action of civil disobedience against the signing of the agreement with Azerbaijan, which he considers a step towards the surrender of Karabakh. Residents of Armenia are not ready for actions of civil disobedience, analysts say.
The police interrupted a peaceful protest in Yerevan, human rights defender Ruben Melikyan reported. “The action was forcibly interrupted, and about ten of its participants were detained,” the human rights defender wrote on Facebook.