Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan detained

April 23rd, 2018

Armenia’s opposition leaderA�has been detained by police at a protest in the country’s capital, Yerevan.

NikolA�PashinyanA�and two other opposition politicians “were detained as they were committing socially dangerous acts”, the prosecutor general’s office said in a statement on Sunday.

Their whereabouts have so far been unknown.

Pashinyan’s detention came just hours after a televised clash with Serzh Sargsyan,A�Armenia’s prime minister

SargsyanA�walked out of a meeting where Pashinyan told him in front of the cameras that he cameA�”to discuss your resignation”.

“This is not a dialogue; this is blackmail, I only can advise you to return to a legal framework … otherwise, you will bear the responsibility,” Sargsyan replied.

To which Pashinyan responded:A�”You don’t understand the situation in Armenia. The power is now in people’s hands.”

Before walking out of the meeting room, Sargsyan said: “A party that scored eight percent in [parliamentary] elections can’t speak on behalf of the people.”

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