YEREVAN, March 1 – RIA Novosti. The police formed a chain between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan, in order to prevent clashes between them, RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
After the end of the rally of Pashinyan's supporters, at which, presumably, at least 10 thousand people gathered, the protesters, led by the prime minister, marched in a column across Yerevan. They moved to the scene of the March 1, 2008 clashes, where ten people were killed during the dispersal of opposition protests. When the column passed along Mashtots Avenue, past the Opera and the turn to Baghramyan Avenue, several people came out of the opposition camp to them and began shouting insults at Pashinyan. The prime minister's supporters, in turn, tried to shout them down, and then rushed “to the showdown.”
The police quickly reacted by deploying two chains, thereby blocking the path for the prime minister's supporters who were already ready to turn onto Baghramyan Avenue towards the opposition camp. The column of Pashinyan's supporters is closed by a whole escort of police cars. The police are holding barbed wire at the ready to quickly divide the two camps.
The situation in the opposition camp is calm, there are also several thousand people.
Another political crisis flared up in Yerevan after the incautious words of the country's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about the Russian Iskander. According to media reports, the deputy chief of the general staff of Armenia ridiculed the prime minister, for which he was dismissed, following him the chief of the general staff was proposed to resign. On Thursday morning, the Armenian Armed Forces issued a statement demanding the resignation of Pashinyan himself. The prime minister 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.