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Feb 20, 2021
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Thousands of protests held in the center of Yerevan

Several thousand people, despite the snowfall, gathered in Freedom Square in the center of Yerevan, demanding the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, reports Interfax.

Oppositional candidate for the post of head of the Cabinet of Ministers Vazgen Manukyan called on his supporters to “be tough.”

“Every day, rallies and strikes should be held, the city should be paralyzed,” he stressed.

As the agency notes, before the rally, police equipment was pulled into the city center. Several oppositionists were detained in Yerevan overnight.

According to TASS, after the rally in Freedom Square ended, its participants blocked four streets of Yerevan and chanted anti-government slogans.

Formerly Manukyan declared Freedom Square in Yerevan the headquarters of the “Homeland Salvation Movement”, which unites about 20 parties. He said that he himself would be in the square every evening. The politician also urged supporters to create committees at their place of residence or work.

Recall, the opposition demands the resignation of Pashinyan after the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh in November 2020, under which several of its regions came under the control of Azerbaijan.

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