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Police clashed with protesters in front of the Armenian parliament, where Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan spoke, media reported. The crowd tried to break through the police cordon and enter the parliament building. It was led by Bishop Bagrat Gałcanian. There are many injured and detained.

During an anti-government demonstration in the capital Armenia, Yerevan, dozens of people were injured and at least 60 people were detained, the AFP agency reported. The protesters demanded the departure of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who is blamed for making too many concessions Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

According to the Armenian Ministry of Internal Affairs, several thousand people gathered in front of the parliament building in the capital. In one case, demonstrators tried to break through the police cordon, which used stun grenades. The Panorama portal reported that the officers also used rubber batons.

Many injured and detained

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As AFP reports, dozens of people were injured. The injured were taken by ambulance to hospitals, some with leg or abdominal injuries. At least 60 people were detained for “failure to comply with police demands.”

The protest was led by Archbishop Bagrat Galtanyan, who publicly condemns the transfer of disputed territories to Azerbaijan and considers it “illegal”. He claims that these are “unilateral and humiliating concessions” from Armenia.

According to a correspondent of the Russian Interfax agency, the demonstrators, following the archbishop's call, tried to break through the police cordon near the parliament building. – It is necessary to close all entrances and exits – the priest urged.

Participants of the protest in Yerevan KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/East News

Transfer of border villages

Pashinyan recently agreed to the transfer to Azerbaijan four border villages and explained that this concession was necessary to avoid a new conflict with Baku.

In September last year, Azerbaijan carried out a military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh that was surprising for the Armenian side. After the enclave was taken over by Azerbaijani armed forces, the Karabakh authorities announced the end of the existence of this internationally unrecognized republic on January 1, 2024.

Within about a week, at the end of September, almost all residents left the separatist region. Previously, the authorities in Yerevan estimated the population of Nagorno-Karabakh at around 120,000.

Agreement on Nagorno-KarabakhPAP/AFP

Main photo source: KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/East News

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