YEREVAN, April 18. /TASS/. Several thousands of opposition activists started blocking the mayor’s office in Yerevan. Leader of the Civil Contract party MP Nikol Pashinyan called on opposition members to carry out such actions, TASS reported from the venue.
"Block all entrances to the building. We are conducting a civil disobedience action," Pashinyan stated. Meanwhile, police drew new forces to the center of the city and started detaining opposition members who were trying to paralyze street traffic. The atmosphere is tense at the Frantsii Square (the Square of France), near an opera house. Law enforcement officers cordoned off the area and are trying to prevent protesters from blocking the streets.
Armenia’s radical opposition unleashed mass protests on April 13 against the nomination of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s candidacy to the position of the country’s prime minister. On April 17, Sargsyan was elected as head of state by Armenia’s parliament despite the protests. On Tuesday, Pashinyan stated that he is starting a "velvet revolution."