Armenian radicals staged a torchlight procession in the center of Yerevan

YEREVAN, 28 Feb – RIA Novosti. The radical movement “Sasna Tsrer” is conducting a torchlight procession in the center of Yerevan, RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

The main demands of the radicals are the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the return of Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia.

The rally of radicals began simultaneously with the opposition concert, which is taking place in front of the parliament. As a place for the action, “Sasna Tsrer” chose the steps of the famous repository of ancient books, Matenadaran.

With the onset of darkness, the radicals took up torches and set off on a march through the center of Yerevan. The police are present at the action, but law enforcement officers do not interfere with the event.

Situation in Armenia

Another political crisis flared up in Armenia after Pashinyan's careless words about the Russian Iskander. According to media reports, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Tiran Khachatryan ridiculed the Prime Minister's statement, after which he was dismissed. Following him, Chief of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan was offered to leave the post.

On Thursday morning, the Armenian Armed Forces demanded the resignation of Pashinyan, who regarded this as an attempted coup and called on his supporters to take to the streets. Meanwhile, the opposition has erected barricades and set up a campground near the parliament, they are not in the mood for negotiations with the authorities and demand the resignation of the prime minister.

Pashinyan's popularity declined significantly after the signing of an agreement with Baku on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh on November 10. Then Armenia transferred control over the Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam regions to Azerbaijan. “The end of velvet”: the situation in YerevanАрмянские радикалы устроили факельное шествие в центре Еревана 1 of 14

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia on Thursday demanded the resignation of Nikol Pashinyan. The head of the Cabinet called the incident an attempted coup and called on those who support him to gather outside the government building.

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Pashinyan led his supporters around the center of Yerevan for about an hour, and then spoke to the crowd on Republic Square. The prime minister called the demand for resignation an emotional decision of the military.

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“Only the people should decide the question of my departure,” Pashinyan said. “Let the people demand, let the people condemn me, let them shoot me in the square.”

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Speaking about the threats of civil clashes, Pashinyan admitted that there is such a danger. “But we must agree that we will not have this. We have no enemies inside Armenia,” he stressed.

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Pashinyan threatened his opponents with arrests: “Those who robbed the people have no opportunity to return to power … If someone crosses the boundaries of political statements, they will be arrested. The end of the velvet,” said the prime minister, who came to power after the “velvet revolution.”

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Pashinyan ordered soldiers and officers to deal with their business – protecting the borders and territorial integrity of Armenia.

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“The army cannot participate in political processes. The army must obey the people and the authorities elected by the people,” Pashinyan added.

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Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Armenia on Defense and Security Andranik Kocharian near the parliament building.

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Pashinyan recalled that he proposed considering the possibility of holding early parliamentary elections, but the opposition took advantage of this to radicalize the situation, so the issue was removed from the agenda.

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The prime minister called on the opposition to end the protests and start a dialogue with the authorities.

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Armenian Prime Minister's wife Anna Hakobyan, daughter Mariam Pashinyan and son Ashot Pashinyan at a rally in Yerevan.

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Pashinyan's popularity dropped dramatically after November 10, when an agreement was signed with Baku on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Then Armenia lost control over the Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam regions.

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Protesters in Yerevan.

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The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia on Thursday demanded the resignation of Nikol Pashinyan. The head of the Cabinet called the incident an attempted coup and called on those who support him to gather outside the government building.

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Pashinyan led his supporters around the center of Yerevan for about an hour, and then spoke to the crowd on Republic Square. The prime minister called the demand for resignation an emotional decision of the military.

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“Only the people should decide the question of my departure,” Pashinyan said. “Let the people demand, let the people condemn me, let them shoot me in the square.”

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Speaking about the threats of civil clashes, Pashinyan admitted that there is such a danger. “But we must agree that we will not have this. We have no enemies inside Armenia,” he stressed.

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Pashinyan threatened his opponents with arrests: “Those who robbed the people have no opportunity to return to power … If someone crosses the boundaries of political statements, they will be arrested. The end of the velvet,” said the prime minister, who came to power after the “velvet revolution.”

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Pashinyan ordered soldiers and officers to deal with their business – protecting the borders and territorial integrity of Armenia.

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“The army cannot participate in political processes. The army must obey the people and the authorities elected by the people,” Pashinyan added.

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Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Armenia on Defense and Security Andranik Kocharian near the parliament building.

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Pashinyan recalled that he proposed considering the possibility of holding early parliamentary elections, but the opposition took advantage of this to radicalize the situation, so the issue was removed from the agenda.

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The prime minister called on the opposition to end the protests and start a dialogue with the authorities.

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Armenian Prime Minister's wife Anna Hakobyan, daughter Mariam Pashinyan and son Ashot Pashinyan at a rally in Yerevan.

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Pashinyan's popularity dropped dramatically after November 10, when an agreement was signed with Baku on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Then Armenia lost control over the Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam regions.

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Protesters in Yerevan.

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