Armenia protests follow Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire
As thousands protested the government’s handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis, police and demonstrators clashed in Yerevan on Wednesday.
Following a 24-hour military offensive, Azerbaijan announced it had regained sovereignty over the territory.
This has led to accusations that Armenia does not protect ethnic Armenians on the contested territory.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is being called upon to resign by protesters.
The ethnic Armenians who live in Nagorno-Karabakh say he made too many concessions and didn’t help them much.
In the past three decades, ethnic Armenians have controlled large portions of the territory internationally as part of Azerbaijan.
Some protesters threw rocks at a government building in Yerevan as police stood guard in riot gear.
Some people peacefully waved flags and posters, while others were wounded and covered in blood.
Artsakh, the Armenian name for Karabakh, has been renounced by our authorities, opposition politician Avetik Chalabyan told the crowd.
Changing authorities is needed to change national policy, he said, while another legislator called for impeachment proceedings against the prime minister.
There are approximately 120,000 ethnic Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh. Another protester, Sargis Hayats, said Mr Pashinyan “must go.”