YEREVAN, Armenia – Mass demonstrations against the election of former Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s Prime Minister continued in Yerevan on Wednesday.
Opposition activists reportedly blocked the capital’s central streets and started to put up barricades. The police employed riot control methods to protect major administrative buildings.
Thousands of people have been rallying for days, after Sarsgyan was approved as the candidate for the post of prime minister by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) last week.
The Armenian Parliament voted 76 to 17 with no abstentions to put Sargsyan back into a position of power.
The leader of the opposition movement Armenia’s Civil Contract Nikol Pashinyan has reportedly declared the start of a national ‘non-violent Velvet Revolution.’