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Armenia: Protesters demanding PM's resignation clash with police in Yerevan 02:50

Armenia: Protesters demanding PM's resignation clash with police in Yerevan

Armenia, Yerevan
November 30, 2020 at 21:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters demanding the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the return of prisoners of war from Azerbaijan clashed with police in Yerevan on Monday.

Footage shows people marching through the streets of the Armenian capital chanting "Nikol is a traitor" and police forces detaining some of the protesters.

Thirty-three people were reportedly detained during the rally.

The demonstration started in the afternoon after activists gathered to deliver a collective letter to the Embassy of France, asking French officials to assist in the return of prisoners and bodies of those killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Earlier on Sunday, the protesters handed a similar letter to the Russian Embassy, and on Tuesday they plan to visit the US Embassy in Yerevan.

According to Nagorno-Karabakh ombudsman Artak Beglaryan, as of November 27 between 50 and 60 Armenian soldiers were being held in Azerbaijan. Several others were missing.

Prime Minister Pashinyan met relatives of the soldiers held in Azerbaijan to discuss the ways to solve the problem, according to the Armenian PM press secretary Mane Gevorgyan.

Following more than six weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russia-brokered deal to end the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh on November 9.

Under the terms of the deal, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the region to monitor the ceasefire.

Armenia: Protesters demanding PM's resignation clash with police in Yerevan 02:50
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Protesters demanding the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the return of prisoners of war from Azerbaijan clashed with police in Yerevan on Monday.

Footage shows people marching through the streets of the Armenian capital chanting "Nikol is a traitor" and police forces detaining some of the protesters.

Thirty-three people were reportedly detained during the rally.

The demonstration started in the afternoon after activists gathered to deliver a collective letter to the Embassy of France, asking French officials to assist in the return of prisoners and bodies of those killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Earlier on Sunday, the protesters handed a similar letter to the Russian Embassy, and on Tuesday they plan to visit the US Embassy in Yerevan.

According to Nagorno-Karabakh ombudsman Artak Beglaryan, as of November 27 between 50 and 60 Armenian soldiers were being held in Azerbaijan. Several others were missing.

Prime Minister Pashinyan met relatives of the soldiers held in Azerbaijan to discuss the ways to solve the problem, according to the Armenian PM press secretary Mane Gevorgyan.

Following more than six weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russia-brokered deal to end the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh on November 9.

Under the terms of the deal, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the region to monitor the ceasefire.

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