Yerevan: State of Emergency, Day 6
Yerevan: State of Emergency, Day 2
Sometime in October Narek was like, “Let’s go to Sri Lanka this winter. I saw my friend Nastya on Amiryan the other day and asked her about her hostel.
Also attending the swearing in ceremony were Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, President Armen Sarkissian, and Catholicos Garegin II.
Heeding the call of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, thousands of irate citizens converged on the grounds of the National Assembly in Yerevan last night to voice their opposition to a controversial bill that would make it more difficult for Pashinyan to disband the legislature and call new elections.
Hundreds gathered in Yerevan’s Aznavour Square to pay their respects to Charles Aznavour who died today at the age of 94. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also paid his personal farewell to the world famous French-Armenian singer, composer and film star.
The party says it will create a pan-Armenian network that will formulate a national strategy with Armenian statehood at its core.
Luys Alliance candidates vying for seats on the Yerevan Municipal Council made a campaign stop at Garegin Nzhdeh Square, presenting their vision for the Armenian capital to voters.
In the shadow of a statue of General Andranik, and with the accompaniment of traditional Armenian song and dance, ARF candidates vying for a spot on the new Yerevan Municipal Council met with voters in the Armenian capital’s Malatia-Sebastia district.
Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian, running for the post of Yerevan mayor, pressed the flesh today at a campaign rally in a small Yerevan park where a statute of the famous painter Martiros Sarian stands.
Activists opposed to the Amulsar mine project gathered in front of the Government Building in Yerevan this morning, some dressed as endangered butterflies found on lands on the mine site.
Hundreds of Yerevan residents and musicians turned out today to voice their solidarity with street musicians barred by the police from playing on Northern Boulevard in downtown Yerevan.
Here are some scenes of this evening’s public rally.
All roads leading to the Amulsar mine site, located 170km south of Yerevan on the border between Vayots Dzor and Syunik provinces, have been closed for the past twelve days by activists opposed to the project. Residents of the nearby communities of Jermouk and Gndevaz take turns to man the four roadblocks day and night.
According to eyewitnesses, police visited a number of pubs and clubs in downtown Yerevan around midnight today, ordering employees to turn off any loud music.
Photos from the National Assembly's special session discussing the new government's program.
Political, cultural and religious bigwigs rubbed shoulders today in Yerevan’s Republic Square to attend a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Armenian republic.
On May 15, a photo was posted on social networks, showing destruction of trees in the park between Italy and Beirut streets in downtown Yerevan, nearby the Yerevan Municipality.
It’s the second year that Yerevan Wine Days Festival was held in Yerevan. Part of Saryan street was closed for traffic for two days in the evenings, and thousands of people gathered here to taste some wine. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, together with his wife and children, also attended the wine festival.
A group of citizens gathered in front of the Yerevan Municipality today, demanding Mayor Taron Margaryan's resignation.
Unlike May 1 special session of the National Assembly, which lasted over eight hours, with hundreds of thousands of citizens following the session in the Republic Square from the morning, the session invited on May 8 was short: Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime minister with 59 votes for and 42 - against. Citizens, engaged in civil disobedience acts for weeks, celebrated the victory of their candidate all day long.
Anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan was waiting at Zvartnots Airport to welcome him.
Not elected Prime Minister at May 1 special session of the National Assembly, Nikol Pashinyan called on the people to ramp up their civil disobedience by blocking all roads, public transportation and the Zvartnots Airport.
After the National Assembly voted 56-45 not to elect him prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan made his way to Yerevan’s Republic Square where tens of thousands of his supporters were following the confirmation hearing live, on large outdoor screens.
Nikol Pashinyan took his anti-government message to the towns of Gyumri and Vanadzor:
It took nearly two weeks of continuous peaceful civil disobedience before Serzh Sargsyan called it quits and resigned as prime minister on April 23.
Hot upon the heels of Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation as Armenian prime minister, police who had been patrolling Republic Square, the epicenter of the anti-government movement for the past two weeks, quietly boarded waiting buses and left.
Despite the detention, and later, the arrest of Nikol Pashinyan and two other Yelk Alliance MPs, thousands took to the streets of the Armenian capital to voice their opposition to Serzh Sargsyan and his government.
After the rally, thousands marched through downtown Yerevan, calling for Sargsyan’s immediate abdication and an end to Republican Party of Armenia rule.
Protesters have blocked streets and intersections in a movement that MP Nikol Pashinyan has recently described as a ‘velvet revolution’.
This evening’s rally in Yerevan’s Republic Square, the heart of the Armenia capital saw huge crowds voice their opposition to Serzh Sargsyan and his ruling Republican Party of Armenia.
The protesters started their march this morning at Government Building #3, and then proceeded along Arshakunyats Avenue, Shenkavit, and Isakov.
Thousands packed Yerevan’s Republic Square yesterday evening to hear Nikol Pashinyan and others talk about the protests, originally launched to prevent Serzh Sargsyan from Armenia’s new prime minister, but which have morphed into a movement designed to paralyze the normal functioning of the government.
While Armenia’s National Assembly voted to elect Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s next prime minister, protesters continued to close off streets in downtown Yerevan and elsewhere.
During the heralded Day of Civil Disobedience, protesters brought downtown Yerevan to halt, stopping vehicular traffic and shutting down the subway system.
Citizens protesting against Serzh Sargsyan's likely election as the country’s next prime minister spent their second night at France Square, blocking all the entrances with benches and garbage bins.
“My Step” and “Reject Serzh” initiatives continue the protest against the Serzh Sargsyan’s likely election as the country’s next prime minister.
After the rally ended, people then marched to France Square and stages a sit-down, closing the area to traffic.
Civil Contract political party head Nikol Pashinyan, the driving force behind the movement to reject Sargsyan, called on citizens to join the protesters and shut down all downtown Yerevan.
“My Step” marchers reached the Liberty Square, which was the final point of their two-week-long march. In Yerevan, they were joined by "Reject Serzh" initiative members.
They wanted to confront Simonyan and charge him with turning the university into a tool used by Serzh Sargsyan and the ruling Republican Party of Armenia to “enslave students entering into adulthood”.
Members of the Reject Serzh movement got in a tent today in the middle of Yerevan’s Mashtots Avenue and cops immediately pulled them out, escorting them to the sidewalk.
Hundreds took to the streets of Yerevan today to voice their opposition to Serzh Sargsyan’s nomination and election as Armenia’s next prime minister.
Although me and my friend Tsovinar planned to hitchhike to the north - Lori Province, in the end we found ourselves heading to the south - Vayots Dzor and Syunik Provinces.
The marchers held aloft photos of the ten individuals who died that day and called for the guilty to be punished.
Crowds of people filed through Yerevan’s Liberty Square today to witness a variety of visuals chronicling the birth of the Karabakh Movement thirty years ago.
The protesters set off from Aznavour Square opposite Kino Moskva in the march organized by the Yelk Alliance
Hetq visited 70 households in multi-apartment buildings located in eleven of Yerevan’s twelve administrative districts, to find out the ratio of utility bills to monthly winter income.
Hundreds of university students demonstrated outside Armenia’s parliament today, while inside, MPs debated a bill on military service that would severely restrict the granting of draft deferments.