Pashinyan-led protesters break into the building of Public Radio in Yerevan

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Another civil disobedience demonstration has begun in Yerevan. At the same time, they claim that this is a peaceful demonstration, apologizing to the citizens for inconvenience, arguing that in this way they save them from more trouble, what they will face when Serzh Sargsyan comes to power again.

Young people in small groups have been blockading transport routes in the streets; garbage bins are used as barricades.

My Step initiative leader, opposition Civil Contract Party member and National Assembly (NA) "Way Out" (Yelk) Faction head Nikol Pashinyan, announced during Sunday's rally at France Square in Armenia's capital city of Yerevan that the first phase of their plan has been completed, and therefore they will start nonviolent civil disobedience.

Reportedly, many people have joined the rally. The protesters have jammed the traffic movement in the downtown Yerevan near the French Square, closing it and several nearby streets for traffic. During his speech, Pashinyan urged residents of Yerevan to join the rally and contribute to the struggle.

The demonstrators protest against the extension of Serzh Sargsyan's power now in position of the prime minister.

According to the constitution, if elections for the prime minister fail to be held twice, the current parliament is dismissed and new parliamentary elections are scheduled.

Former ambassador to the United Kingdom Armen Sarkissian was sworn in as the country's fourth president on April 9, while the parliament is set to elect a new prime minister on April 17. This is how the opposition hopes to change up the composition of the assembly and break the ruling party's majority.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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