Protests in Armenia (2022)

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July 6, 2022

The Resistance Movement (arm. «Դիմադրություն» շարժում) is a mass protest and civil disobedience against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, taking place in the city of Yerevan and other major cities of Armenia. The protests were attended by activists from various opposition forces.

Background

In 2020-2021, mass actions of civil disobedience and protests of various civil groups and relatives of the dead and missing military personnel in the Second Karabakh War in Armenia took place in Armenia. Protests continued for several months demanding Nikol Pashinyan's resignation. The current President of Armenia Armen Sargsyan, former presidents Levon Ter-Petrosyan, Robert Kocharyan, Serzh Sargsyan and others also called for the resignation of Prime Minister Pashinyan. On March 18, 2021, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced early parliamentary elections on June 20, 2021. Pashinyan confirmed that he will step down as prime minister in April 2021, but will continue to serve as prime minister until a snap election is held. On June 20, 2021, the Civil Contract party won the early parliamentary elections and Nikol Pashinyan was re-elected Prime Minister of Armenia.

Course of events

April

On April 25, several members of the "Armenia" Alliance and their supporters started a procession from Ijevan to Yerevan. On April 26, Anna Grigoryan, a member of the “Armenia” bloc of the National Assembly, together with a group of citizens, began a march from the village of Tigranashen in the Ararat region to Yerevan. On the evening of April 26, a march took place from the square of the statue of David Sasuntsi in Yerevan, which ended at Freedom Square. In total, during the protests on April 26, the police detained ten civilians. On April 27, protesters blocked a number of intersections in the center of Yerevan. In the morning, the protesters blocked the Ashtarak-Etchmiadzin road for some time. During the day, 18 protesters were detained. On April 28, two marches started in Yerevan. In Aparan, the march from the grave of Dro was led by MP Artur Khachatryan, and the fourth march began in Sardarapat.

May

On May 1, the “Resistance” movement organized a large-scale rally in France Square in Yerevan. On May 3, early in the morning, oppositionists resumed actions in Yerevan innocently