Chaos in Armenia: Armenian Angry Protesters over the Armistice Attack Parliament

  November 10, 2020   News ID 652
Chaos in Armenia: Armenian Angry Protesters over the Armistice Attack Parliament
Many Armenians are angry over the armistice brokered by the Russia that will allow Azerbaijan to retake its occupied territories. This armistice came to effect immediately after its announcement by Putin. Russian troops are deployed in Xankendi as the peacekeepers.

Yeravan, SAEDNEWS, Nov. 10: Crowds besieged the parliament and government offices in Armenia’s capital Yerevan after a peace deal with Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh was announced, involving Armenia surrendering some territory. Gunshots could be heard in the streets of Yerevan as angry protesters stormed the government building, looking for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the early hours of Tuesday, after he announced the “painful” agreement to give up land to Azerbaijan in exchange for an end to the bloodshed.

Pashinyan’s whereabouts are currently unknown. Armenia’s parliament is also reportedly under the control of the protesters.The speaker of the Armenian parliament, Ararat Mirzoyan, was reportedly beaten up by protesters and is in a serious condition.

The armistice that came into effect at midnight on Tuesday local time seeks to end six weeks of fighting over the contested region, which has seen major Azerbaijani advances into the territory held by ethnic Armenians since 1994.

In a Facebook statement announcing the deal, Pashinyan called the terms “not a victory, but not a defeat.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Azerbaijan gets to keep the territory it has taken in the most recent fighting, with Armenia ceding additional territory over the next month, leaving Russian peacekeepers to guard a road connecting the remnants of Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia proper

In a Facebook Live broadcast from an unknown location, Pashinyan said that all participants in the Yerevan “pogrom” will be severely punished.

The apparent revolt against Pashinyan mirrors the way the former media mogul came to power, using a street revolt to force the resignation of then-PM Serzh Sargsyan and compelling the parliament to vote him in as prime minister in May 2018.

Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnic Armenian enclave that seceded from Azerbaijan once the Soviet Union began to collapse. Armenians made gains during the 1991-94 conflict, which was frozen until it erupted again at the end of September.

The situation was aggravated by the fact that Azerbaijan received active support from NATO member Turkey, while Armenia is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a military alliance with Russia (Source: Russia Today).

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