Armenia mass protests continue as opposition leader Pashinyan detained

In Armenia, mass protests against ex-President Serzh Sargsyan being elected as Prime Minister, have continued over the weekend marking over a week of protests in the capital Yerevan.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that the leader of the rallies opposition politician Nikol Pashinyan was arrested on Sunday, April 22, after televised talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan collapsed.

«I have come here to discuss the terms of your resignation and the terms of a peaceful and smooth transition of power,» Pashinyan explained, but Sargsyan responded by evaluating «this is not a dialogue, this is blackmail» and left the talks.

Later on Sunday, Pashinyan called on his supporters to continue their protests and was arrested by riot police. Two other Armenian opposition politicians and some 200 demonstrators have been held by police.

 

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