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Armenian protesters block Yerevan roads as opposition leader is denied power

Wednesday - 02/05/2018 08:32
Armenian protesters blocked several routes into the capital Yerevan on Wednesday as opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan announced a campaign of civil disobedience after parliament rejected his bid to become prime minister.
Armenians protest electricity prices
Armenians protest electricity prices

Days of protests in the small ex-Soviet state have created a standoff between Pashinyan's supporters, who have mobilised thousands of people to take to the streets, and a ruling elite which is determined to hold on to power and still controls the security apparatus.

The ruling Republican Party thwarted Pashinyan's bid to take over as prime minister on Tuesday.

"We will be staying here," David, 19, one of those who blocked the road to the airport, told Reuters. Protesters also blocked several junctions in the city centre and around some state agencies.


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