Armenia detains more than 270 protesters demanding prime minister's resignation

Armenia said on Monday police had detained hundreds of demonstrators demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over territorial concessions made to arch foe Azerbaijan.

Protests erupted in the Caucasus nation last month after the government agreed to hand territory it had controlled since the 1990s back to neighbouring Azerbaijan.

Pashinyan’s position remains unshaken despite the challenge mounted by charismatic archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, who is trying to launch an impeachment process against him.

Pashinyan, a former journalist and opposition lawmaker, came to power in a peaceful revolution after leading street protests in 2018.

On Monday, hundreds of protestors took to the streets across Armenia, trying to block roads in what Galstanyan has called a “nationwide campaign of disobedience.”

The interior ministry said that by 0900 GMT “a total of 273 citizens were detained for disobeying the lawful demands of police.”

Firm grip on power

Last week, Yerevan returned control over four border villages it had seized decades ago to Azerbaijan, a key step toward normalising ties between the two countries—who fought two wars for control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.


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