Over 220 Arrested in Armenia Amid Anti-Government Protests

More than 220 individuals have been arrested in Armenia amid ongoing anti-government protests calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, according to reports on Monday.

The Armenian Interior Ministry confirmed that 226 protesters were detained, with all streets in the capital, Yerevan, currently open, as reported by Russian state news agency TASS. The ministry stated, “All the detainees did not comply with the legal demands of the police.”

Protests, led by opposition figure Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, have persisted across various regions of Armenia. These demonstrations, which began last month, were sparked by Yerevan’s decision to return four villages in Azerbaijan’s northwestern Gazakh district to Baku. These villages were occupied by Armenia during the First Karabakh War (1988-1994).

The agreement to return the villages is part of broader efforts between Azerbaijan and Armenia to demarcate their borders, following Azerbaijan’s re-establishment of full sovereignty over its territory after a 44-day war in the fall of 2020 and an anti-terrorism operation in September of the previous year.

The decision has ignited a nationwide movement demanding Pashinyan’s resignation. On Sunday, the opposition movement nominated Archbishop Galstanyan for the position of prime minister during a rally in Yerevan.–News Desk