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Seda Ghukasyan

Day 5 - Yerevan Hunger Strikers Demand Pashinyan’s Resignation

Reporters outnumbered those in the fifth day of a hunger strike demanding Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation in Yerevan’s Liberty Square.

With Honor parliamentary faction head Artur Vanetsyan, one of the hunger strikers, told reporters that those who are the symbols of defeat in the 2020 Artsakh war must resign.

Two young men, Never Kirakosyan and Artur Avagyan, who fought in 2020 are also on hunger strike.

“The leadership of Azerbaijan always talks with threats, talking about their intention to capture Yerevan, Sevan. We see no reaction from Armenia. We even see Aliyev insulting Pashinyan. Regardless of my feelings towards Pashinyan, as an Armenian, I find such language insulting,” Vanetsyan told reporters. 

Vanetsyan said Pashinyan is probably being pressured to tow the line and refrain from taking pro-Armenian positions.

Father Shaheen visited Liberty Square, saying he wanted to offer holy communion to the two young hunger strikers.  

Opposition Hayastan faction MP Gegham Nazaryan also talked to the young hunger strikers, telling Hetq that he advised them to call off the strike.

Nazaryan said the lack of supporters in Liberty Square was a tactical move by the opposition. He claimed that once the opposition calls on its supporters to gather their numbers will reach the thousands.

Nazaryan said the opposition will soon relaunch an action plan to force Pashinyan to resign. He offered no details other than saying he didn’t share the view that the opposition should boycott the work of the parliament.  

 "The parliament is a part of the country. It's not the domain of Nikol's grandfather. It’s a part of our work, we must be there and her, in the street,” Nazaryan said.

Mnatsakan Avetisyan, who fought the 2020 war, visited the square to support the young people on hunger strike. He said he represents the generation of independence that is concerned about the statehood of Artsakh.

"I support my friends who are on hunger strike here, I call on the representatives of the generation of independence to come to Liberty Square," Avetisyan told Hetq.

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