Several hours ago, Amiryan stated that he is just an acting minister, but the protesters, gathering near the Ministry of Culture, continued to insist on his resignation.
Opposition supporters blocked interstate roads from Armenia to Georgia and Iran on Wednesday, local media reported. „Today all the people demand one thing: our leader Nikol Pashinyan should become the prime minister, 55 MPs from the Republican Party should accept this,“ said one of the organizers of the protesters who initiated the blocking of the road to Georgia near the city of Sevan. A similar situation exists on the road connecting Armenia and Iran. On the outskirts of the town of Vayk, local residents drove large trucks and dump trucks, chanting anti-government slogans.
Nikol Pashinyan and a large group of his supporters started the procession to the city center of Yerevan on May 2. Speaking in a megaphone, Pashinyan called not to block the roads connecting Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the roads along which the army is supplied. He also reiterated that his supporters should pass ambulances, vehicles of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and fire trucks.
„The opposition lacks a clear program of reforms, constructive agenda or clear demands,“ said Alexander Iskanderian, director of the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan. „It’s not that people took to the streets to support the opposition which has no clear structure or organization — they (did so to) protest against the corrupt government which became totally shameless.“
Clutching a purple rose, the bearded Pashinyan, 42, led a huge crowd of his supporters on a commemorative march to a hilltop memorial in the capital Yerevan to honour the victims of the World War I-era killings.
Talks were planned after the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan on Monday following almost two weeks of street protests that plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis.
Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has released a statement, the PM’s office said.
“Dear countrymen, I am addressing all citizens of the Republic of Armenia…