Martial Law Fails to Halt Armenian Riots over Nagorno-Karabakh

Martial Law Fails to Halt Armenian Riots over Nagorno-Karabakh

Thousands of Armenians took to the streets of the capital Yerevan again on Wednesday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following the agreement of a peace deal with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Under the new agreement, brokered by Russia, the two sides will end the first conflict since the end of 1994  the Nagorno-Karabakh War, which killed more than 2,000 people on both sides. Azerbaijan will keep a large chunk of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding areas it captured during the latest conflict.

The deal, confirmed on Tuesday, has sparked a furious reaction from many Armenians, with thousands of people taking to the streets on Wednesday afternoon in defiance of martial law, filling Yerevan’s central Liberty Square and accusing Pashinyan of treason.

1000s in #Yerevan’s Freedom Square today to protest #Armenia’s ceasefire deal with #Azerbaijan over the contested #NagornoKarabakh region

— Dylan Collins (@collinsdyl) November 11, 2020

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