Armenia’s 250,000 Person Revolution, Explained

Last April, Armenia had a bloodless revolution to declare the resignation of their previous President turned Prime Minister, Serzh Sargsyan. Opposition leader and current Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan led these peaceful demonstrations. Pashinyan and his supporters called for a more democratic governmental system in Armenia.

Our team traveled to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, to interview Nikol Pashinyan about what comes next for the country. We also spoke with citizens about their thoughts on post-revolution Armenia.

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Armenia’s 250,000 Person Revolution, Explained

Armenian protesters blockade court buildings after PM’s call

Protesters blockade entrances to court buildings in the Armenian capital after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called for a demonstration against judges he accuses of political bias. Pashinyan on Sunday called on Armenians to “blockade court buildings across the republic” after a Yerevan court released former president Robert Kocharyan from pre-trial detention. The symbolic protest comes as Pashinyan tries to consolidate power in the ex-Soviet country a year after leading a popular revolt against former president Serzh Sarkisian and corrupt elites. IMAGES

In robotics classes, Armenian teens dream of high-tech future

In a slick classroom in Armenia’s Yerevan, the capital of one of the poorest post-Soviet republics, students peer intently at the screen of their ultra-modern Apple Macs during a computer programming course made possible thanks to arguably the country’s most exciting high-tech project. At Tumo, a cutting edge after-school learning centre, thousands of teens study web design, robotics, animation, music, digital media and more.

French-speaking countries summit kicks off in Yerevan

French President Emmanuel Macron joins other international leaders at the opening ceremony of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) summit in Yerevan, Armenia. IMAGES

A vigil for Charles Aznavour in Armenia

(1 Oct 2018) Charles Aznavour, known as France’s Frank Sinatra, has died at 94. Born in Paris to Armenian parents, Aznavour always remembered his Armenian roots. A vigil was held Monday night in Yerevan and attended by the country’s prime minister. (Oct. 1)

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Thousands of Armenians rally in Republic Square

Thousands of supporters of Armenia’s protest leader Nikol Pashinyan rally in the capital Yerevan, blocking key transport links and government buildings, as popular anger explodes over the ruling party’s rejection of the opposition leader’s premiership bid.

Armenia: Demo held after opposition leader loses PM vote

Protesters gather in Yerevan’s Republic Square after Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan failed in his bid to get elected as prime minister. Pashinyan has urged his supporters to launch a campaign of civil disobedience and block key transport links including an airport.

Opposition supporters rally in Yerevan’s Republic Square

Thousands of opposition supporters rally in Yerevan’s Republic Square as opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan warns lawmakers in parliament of major unrest if they do not elect him prime minister. Moscow-allied Armenia has been in the clutches of a severe political crisis for the past few weeks, with Serzh Sarkisian stepping down last week after a decade in power in the face of major protests in the impoverished South Caucasus nation.

Armenia protest leader addresses parliament before crucial vote

Armenia’s hugely popular protest leader Nikol Pashinyan speaks during a nail-biting session of parliament in the capital Yerevan. Pashinyan, the leader of mass protests that forced former president turned prime minister Sarkisian from power in the impoverished South Caucasus nation, is the only candidate for the post of prime minister, but is a handful of votes short of a majority and lacks the crucial support of the ruling party to get elected. IMAGES

Armenia’s opposition leader holds rally in ahead of PM vote

Armenia’s opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan holds a rally in Yerevan ahead of a key parliamentary vote to elect the country’s new prime minister after veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian was ousted last week. IMAGES of Nikol Pashinyan leading the rally

RAW: Armenian protesters detained at rallies against appointment of former President as PM

Police officers detained protesters in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Sunday, as opposition rallies continue over the appointment of former President Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s prime minister. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/93st

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