Mass protests in Yerevan against US backed PM Nikol Pashinyan

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Dozens of people were injured in incidents that broke out today during an anti-government demonstration outside the parliament in Armenia.

Police used stun grenades to disperse crowds besieging the parliament building, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, according to an AFP photographer in Yerevan.

The Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 60 protesters who refused to comply with police orders.

The anti-government demonstration, which was organized as a protest against the granting of territory to Azerbaijan, turned into an episode when some demonstrators tried to break through the police cordon.

The protest against Prime Minister Pashinyan was led by Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan who, addressing the protesters earlier, denounced the “illegal, unilateral and humiliating” land concessions from Armenia.

The Armenian prime minister is defending the recent concession of four border communities to Azerbaijan, calling it necessary to avoid a new conflict with Baku.

The Armenian Prime Minister announced that Armenia will leave the Kremlin’s Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and that “we will decide the timetable for withdrawal.”

“It turned out that the members of the alliance are not fulfilling their contractual obligations, but are planning a war against us with Azerbaijan ,” he said.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have clashed twice over control of Nagorno-Karabakh, one in the 1990s that the Armenians won and one in 2020 that ended with the Azeri victory. Baku launched a surprise offensive in 2023, recapturing the enclave and ousting the Armenian separatists who had ruled it for nearly three decades.