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Yerevan paralyzed by civil unrest

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Today, in many parts of Yerevan, participants of the civil protest action “Make a step and reject Serzh” are blocking streets and crossroads. Big traffic jams are registered on roads as people leave trucks standing across the streets. Two trucks have blocked the Kiev Bridge and were welcomed by leader of the protest action Nikol Pashinyan.

The city is practically paralyzed, participants of the rally walk down Yerevan streets calling other people to join them.

The road police are failing to unblock the streets; some activities are being detained. According to the most recent data, more than 50 Yerevan residents were taken to police stations.

As EADaily reported earlier, the leader of the action to protest appointment of the former Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan to the post of prime minister MP Nikol Pashinyan declared beginning of a Velvet Revolution.

On April 17, the Armenian parliament elected Serzh Sargsyan as a new prime minister. 77 MPs voted for him and 17 against him. After the constitutional reform adopted at a referendum in 2015, the country is switching to the parliamentary form of governance. All power levers are being now focused in the hands of Serzh Sargsyan. President Armen Sargsyan elected on March 2 will have only representative functions.

Permalink: eadaily.com/en/news/2018/04/20/yerevan-paralyzed-by-civil-unrest
Published on April 20th, 2018 01:45 PM
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