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Opposition ends protests demanding Pashinyan's resignation in downtown Yerevan

The protests will continue, representative of the Dashnaktsutyun party Gegham Manukyan said

YEREVAN, February 23. /TASS/. Armenian opposition ended a protest rally on Tuesday evening demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

"We are finishing our protest today. However, the protests will continue tomorrow and on Thursday, including the regions of the country," representative of the Dashnaktsutyun party Gegham Manukyan said.

On Tuesday morning, local police detained about 60 opposition figures who tried to block the government building where Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was at the time. During the detention, several oppositionists received minor bruises. Later, several thousand people blocked a police building in the center of Yerevan, demanding a meeting with head of the department, Vahe Ghazaryan, but he did not come out to the protesters. As a result, the protesters left the territory.

Since November 10, 2020, protests calling for Pashinyan's resignation have not stopped in Armenia. The opposition blames Pashinyan for the country’s economic and social problems. Opponents of the prime minister also argue that the joint statement on the complete cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, which he signed on November 9 with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev, was actually a surrender. Earlier, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian called for early parliamentary elections, and for transfer of power to the government of national accord before them.