Armenians Protest Against New Prime Minister

Armenia protesters defy ex-president's move to premier seat

"We call on protest organizers to stop illegal actions", the interior ministry said in a statement. "I officially declare that a revolutionary situation has arisen in Armenia, and today I am announcing the beginning of a peaceful velvet revolution", Pashinyan said to his supporters.

Armenia's radical opposition unleashed mass protests on April 13 against the nomination of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's candidacy to the position of the country's prime minister.

The protesters are against of Serzh Sargsyan's staying in power. Despite the government warning protestors that it would quell the demonstrations, and sporadic clashes with police in which some people were hurt, whole streets continued to be blocked by throngs of angry Armenians on April 17. It also said they should maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. He told the people the detained protesters will be set free soon, according to some arrangements.

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Armenians during an opposition rally in central Yerevan, the Armenian capital. On April 17, Sargsyan was elected as head of state by Armenia's parliament despite the protests.

Member of Council of Yerevan and the president of "Yerkir Tsirani" party, Zaruhi Postanjyan initiated protests in the streets of Vanadzor encouraging everyone to join the request of Serzh Sargsyan quitting his new post as PM. He had also held the office of the prime minister from 2007 to 2008.

The police have already removed wired fencing from the avenue, where buildings of the parliament, president's compound, and the Constitutional Court are located, but deployed Police cordon instead.

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