Yerevan protests erupt following Azerbaijani assault on Artsakh

Yerevan protests erupt following Azerbaijani assault on Artsakh
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Spontaneous demonstrations surge across Armenia's capital as frustrations mount over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

In the aftermath of the Azerbaijani military's aggressive move against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), spontaneous protests have erupted in Yerevan, with citizens gathering in significant numbers outside government structures, per Hetq's reporting.

The demonstrations highlight the rising tensions and dissatisfaction with the ongoing situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Hakob Tzhagharyan, a prominent protestor, has publicly called for removing Russian peacekeepers from the disputed region, criticizing their seemingly arbitrary actions. He has urged the Armenian government to advocate for international peacekeepers to ensure the safety and rights of the Armenian population in the area.

The number of protestors continues to swell, leading to an increase in the police presence around key government buildings. Claims of Armenians in Artsakh undergoing genocide were voiced by several demonstrators, amplifying the urgency and seriousness of the situation.

Further amplifying the public's sentiment, a section of the demonstrators assembled outside the UN office in Yerevan, joined by representatives from the "Land of Living" party, including Mane Tandilyan. Protests also spread to the Russian Embassy's vicinity, where Artsakh flags were prominently displayed, and appeals were made to onlookers to join the cause.

As the situation escalates, Yerevan's police have taken preventive measures, including blocking roads leading to Republic Square. Reports from various social media accounts suggest that protestors are trying to breach police barricades to gain entry into the central government complex in Republic Square.