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Antigovernment Protesters Fill Yerevan’s Republic Square As Anger Builds

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Armenians continued to fill the capital city of Yerevan’s main square by the tens of thousands to protest former President Serzh Sarkisian being named as new prime minister. Sarkisian served ten years in the presidential office and citizens view his remaining in power as complete corruption.

Dozens of people in military uniforms joined the rally against the election of former president Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister, Russian news outlet RIA Novosti reported. They claim that they serve in the armed forces of Armenia. There are no weapons in front of people in military uniform, they refuse to comment, RIA added.

“Opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian was detained during a demonstration in central Yerevan on April 22 after failed talks with Sarkisian, who walked out after the protest leader said the only thing to discuss was his resignation. ​Pashinian was confronted by masked police officers and other security personnel as he led a crowd of several hundred supporters marching to the city’s southern Erebuni district. The police fired stun grenades to stop the march,” reported RFERL.

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