More Arrests As Armenia Protests Continue

by Edgar Hayes April 20, 2018, 0:28
More Arrests As Armenia Protests Continue

Armenian opposition which earlier announced about starting a velvet revolution continues holding mass protests against the ex-president Serzh Sargsyan becoming the new Prime Minister of the country. Police have already stated that the detainees might be kept in the police stations longer than the prescribed time limit. They were trying to prevent Serzh Sarkisian from chairing his first cabinet meeting as prime minister.

Meanwhile, organizers of the demonstration on Republic Square in Yerevan spoke about their intention to block the government buildings today. Under a new political system, he now takes a dominant role as prime minister, and the new president plays a mostly ceremonial role. In 2015 Armenia had a constitutional referendum as a result of which the form of government has changed from semi-presidential to parliamentary.

According to local news sources, police detained almost 20 protesters.

Protest leader, opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan then called on protesters to march along the streets of Yerevan.

"Police think detentions will scare us and that we will lose spirit".

Sarkisian, a former military officer, has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million people for a decade. The two men are not related.

Protests began in Yerevan on Friday and have since spread to the country's second and third largest cities, Gyumri and Vanadzor.

The 63-year-old also held the office of prime minister from 2007 to 2008.

On Monday police used stun grenades against protesters who tried to break through a barbed wire cordon to get to the parliament building.

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